Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and Rails finds out.
I’m a huge fan of Adam Savage, both because of his model making (he’s worked on models several big Sci-Fi films) but also because of his Tv series MythBusters and at Tested.com, where he applies tests and review products and ideas. It’s great to see him put things through their paces.
It’s for the same reasons that I like Richard Croft’s video below where he rigs up and tests various speakers for DCC model train sound systems. Rather than just talking about the different speakers, Richard has wired them up to a sound chip and tried them out on camera so you can actually hear what they sound like.
If you’re thinking of getting a DCC sound chip, watch the video first and then decide which speaker to get.
> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.
Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.