ESU has recently updated the sound database on their website. According to ESU, the search algorithm has been improved, and other small improvements should also contribute to an easier and faster search for sound files.
Link: ESU Sound Database
Massoth announced a new version of their PC module. The new version (#8175201) offers some improvements over the old one (#8175101), and is already available for purchase. MSRP € 129,00 / $ 169,00.
This new revision of the DiMAX PC Module comes with optimized Hardware for FastUpdate-procedures. It requires a DC power supply of 2 Amps minimum (#8135301 Power Supply 4.7A). AC power supply is not supported any more for technical reasons. It comes with a new kind of clamps using a lift mechanism that allows instant wear-free use of clamps and cables. The new PC Module is already in Stock and shipped. #8175101 is not available any more.
Massoth has announced a new pulsed smoke unit for small locomotives, designed to fit in steam locomotives with a small boiler. The new smoke unit also features an integrated option for cylinder steam function.
Some of the features according to Massoth:
- Fully Integrated Decoder
- Update function with track
- Integrated option for cylinder steam function
- CV Programming
- POM Programming
- Direct track connection
- Fully Protected against overheating and running dry
- Period of operation up to 10min per filling depending on operation
- Parallel function triggering
The smoke unit (Art.No. 8415001) is not available yet, but will be availabe soon according to Massoth’s website. I don’t have pricing info yet.
Link: Massoth 8415001
Source: Massoth / Gartenbahn Profi
Massoth has started shipping their new “XLS-Onboard” sound decoder, which is a direct swap for all LGB locomotives equipped with an LGB onboard decoder.
We know you have been waiting for this brand new product! The next 2016 novelty will be shipped within the next few days. The new XLS-Onbard extends the range of Sound Decoders with a very important and necessary module. For the first time, all LGB Locomotives equipped with LGB Onboard-Decoders (and sound module) or the DCC-Decoder-Interface may be retrofitted with the univeral XLS-Onboard Sounddecoder. It replaces defective components, retrofits Locomotives with Decoder andSound and takes the Locomotive to the edge of DCC technology (Always analog and LGB MTS compatible). And the best, it features the LGB Onboard connector system which means that it can simply be replaced by plugging in the existing connectors in the locomotive. This is true Plug and Play. Shippment is currently prepared. The LGB typical Sound Projects are available through the Massoth Service Tool (MST) online.
Article Number 8216100. MSRP € 164,99 / $ 219.
Massoth is now shipping a new version of their powerful eMOTION XXL decoder.
We are now shipping the new generation of high amperage Loco Decoders with a total load of up to 10 Amps to fit all those energy hungry engines (up to 8 amp motor load and 2 amp function load). What else is new? The new load control with a super smooth low speed drive, the integrated Servo controls and full SUSI-BIDI integration. The eMOTION XXL II is the first decoder to support the new SUSI-BIDI standard (RCN601): It enables the decoder and SUSI-components (e.g. sound, smoke unit, etc.) to communicate with each other. And one more thing: The userfriendly function mapping from the 8FL, 8FS and XL II PluG is used here also with another new feature! For the first time, each function output can be activated with two seperate function commands. This allows multiple effects!
The new XXL II decoder is available under article number 8153101. MSRP € 89,00 / $ 119.