Saphire Decoder

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Saphire Decoder

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Post by igbrown » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:00 pm

I am quite new to DCC. A simple question . Is the Hornby Saphire decoder suitable for Bachmann class 37 model 32-377a or any suggestion

gratefully received. Thanks

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Post by Tinker » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:14 pm

I use Lenz in my 21 pin Bachmann loco's

https://www.track-shack.com/acatalog/Le ... 21-01.html

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Post by igbrown » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:23 pm

Thanks Tinker, just read very positive reviews for Lenz decoder I will buy the one you use.

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Post by RFS » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:36 pm

The Zimo MX638D is a better decoder than the Lenz and also much cheaper at £20.

eg https://www.coastaldcc.co.uk/search.php?search=mx638D

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Post by Mike Parkes » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:24 pm

Certainly not worth £42.99 as Hornby seem to think it is - have a few picked a few up around £30 less in sales. As a decoder it seems okay but their is a distinct lack of explanation over the CVs and it was left to the former Hornby International importer to provide some limited guidance.

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Post by Paul-H » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:02 pm

I would even suggest that the £9.99 LAISDCC decoder is better than the Hornby, are they still using super fragile wires that fall of the decoder just from taking it from it's packaging ;)

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Post by RAF96 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 am

Sapphire decoder is essentially a 21-pin decoder so no wires to fall off. The removeable 8-pin convertor harness is robust.
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Post by Mr Bones » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:42 pm

I've used a few Hornby Sapphire Decoder's and never had an issue with them. However, I was fortunate enough to get them for £15 each from one of the Hornby warehouse sales which sadly are no more :(
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Post by igbrown » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:42 pm

Thank you all for your replies , have bought Lens decoder, no problems as yet !

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Post by Rog (RJ) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:15 pm

igbrown wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:42 pm
Have bought Lens decoder, no problems as yet !
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