DCC Systems comparison

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System Name Maximum Throttle
Capacity
Throttle Type Speed Control Maximum Concurrent Trains Address Range: Number; Two or Four Digit Analog/Zero Stretching (See Note 1) Maximum Consists Consisting: Universal or Advanced Speed Steps Functions Maximum Output Current, Amps Software Upgradable? Feedback Communications Bus Computer Interface Marklin/Zero1 Compatible Auto Shuffle/Signal Speed Control Loco Number Readback CV Readback Programming Modes: Main or Ops Modes Separate Programming Track Number of Turnouts
Bachmann EZ Command 2 Base Unit Knob 2? 10; 2  ? None None 14 9
F0-F8
3 No No None No No No No No No No One
Roco LokMaus2 10 Handheld Knob
Centre Off
99 99; 2  ? None None 14/28/128 4;:F0-F3 2.7 No  ? XpressNet Yes No No No  ? Yes No  ?
Lenz Compact/
Atlas Master
5 Base Unit Knob 99 100; 2 yes  ? Advanced 14/28/128 5: F0-F4 2.5 Yes No XpressNet Yes; no feedback to computer No No No No No No 99
Digitrax Zephyr (DCS50) 10 Base Unit Lever 10 9999; 2/4 digit yes 10 Both 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 2.5 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes, plus Blast Mode Yes 999
Digitrax Zephyr XTRA (DCS51) 10 Base Unit Lever 10 9983; 2/4 digit yes 10 Both 14/28/128 30: F0-F29 3.0 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes , plus Blast Mode Yes 999


ZTC 511 31 Base Unit Lever 16 9999; 2/4 digit ? 16 None Non-standard 9: F0-F8 5 Yes No XpressNet (Almost) Yes: Lenz interface Zero-1 No No No No Yes 1000
Gaugemaster / MRC Prodigy Advance 99 Hand-Held Knob 99 9999; 2/4 no 99 Advanced 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 5 Yes Yes MRC Throttle BUS No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Lenz Set 90 31 Hand-Held Knob 256 9999, 2/4 yes 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional: Requires external device Yes Yes Yes 1024


Lenz Set 100 31 Hand-Held Buttons 256 9999; 2/4 Yes 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional: Requires external device Yes Yes Yes 1024
Digitrax Super Empire Builder/ SEB XTRA 120 Handheld Buttons, Two Knobs 22 9999; 2/4 yes 22 Both 14/28/128 9: F0-F8; XTRA: 30 8 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 999
Digitrax Super Chief/ SC XTRA 120 Handheld Buttons, 2 Knobs 120 9999; 2/4 yes 120 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12; XTRA: 30 8 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes [Marklin]] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 999
Fleischmann Twin Center] 64 Base Unit 2 Knobs 199 9999; 2/4 ? 8 None; Non-standard 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 3 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2000
NCE Power House Pro] 63 Handheld Buttons and Thumb Wheel 250 9999; 2/4 ? 127 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 Yes Yes NCE Cab BUS Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes 2044
CVP Products 99 Base Unit Knob 255 9999; 2/4 ? Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 14/28/128 9: F0-8 10 Yes No EasyDCC Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes 2048
Zimo MX31] 30+ Hand Held Slider 256 10239; 4 digit ? Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 128 12 10A or two at 8Amps Yes Yes 115 kbit/s CAN bus Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes unlimited

1) Due to patent and licensing agreements, Zero Stretching may not be available in every market.

Due to changes in products offered, always check the manufacturer's website for the latest specifications and models. This list is by no means complete and authoritative with regards to what is offered at this time.