DCC Systems comparison

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A simple table to compare DCC systems. Please note: because one model's specifications look better, it may have other functions which are not listed.

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System
Name

Maximum
Throttle
Capacity

Throttle
Type

Speed
Control

Maximum
Concurrent
Trains

Address
Range:
2 or 4
Digit

Analog
(Note 1)

Maximum
Consists

Consisting:
Universal or
Advanced

Speed
Steps

Functions

Maximum
Current

Software
Upgradable

Feed-
back

Commun-
ications Bus

Computer
Interface

Marklin/
Zero1
Compatible

Auto Shuffle/
Signal Speed
Control

Loco
Number
Readback

CV
Readback

Programming:
Main/Ops Mode

Separate
Programming
Track

No. 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 Hand-Held 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 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, but
no feedback
to computer
No No No No No No 99

Digitrax
Zephyr

10 Base Unit Lever 10 9999
2/4
yes 10 Both 14/28/128 9
F0-F8
2.5 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 999

ZTC
511

31

Base Unit

Lever

16

9999
2/4

?

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

22

Hand-Held

Buttons
2 knobs

22

9999
2/4

yes

22

Both

14/28/128

9
F0-F8

8

Yes

Yes

LocoNet

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

999

Digitrax
Super Chief

120

Hand-Held

Buttons
2 knobs

120

9999
2/4

yes

120

Both

14/28/128

13
F0-F12
proposed
upgrade to 19

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

Hand-Held

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-F8

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
2x 8Amps

Yes

Yes

115 kbit/s
CAN bus

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

unlimited

1) Due to patent and licensing agreements, this capability may not be available worldwide.

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