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A local dealer has some Athearn Diesels with the original Tsunami at a very good price. I have an engine with the Tsunami 2 and love the way it works. Can anyone tell me the limitations the original Tsunami has over the 2? I expect the original Tsunami to be better than the Sound Value decoder in some Bachmanns is this so? Thanks for any help
 

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A local dealer has some Athearn Diesels with the original Tsunami at a very good price. I have an engine with the Tsunami 2 and love the way it works. Can anyone tell me the limitations the original Tsunami has over the 2? I expect the original Tsunami to be better than the Sound Value decoder in some Bachmanns is this so? Thanks for any help
Honestly from watching tons of soundtraxx YouTube videos, it seems like a lot(I didn't involve in the hobby during the original tsunami availability time). One of the biggest from what I recall off the cuff are the DDE, a lot of the hyper lighting effects, and I think all of the .xxx(like 1.333 and 2.333) I believe CV values. Then, they added more prime movers to the specific model(ie: the emd, alcos, e.t.c for a specific decoder)I could be wrong about those cv values, but there are honestly soooooooo many on the 2. But that's not to say that there isn't adjustability in either the sound value models or the T1. Just more that you can configure if you like.

But with that said, honestly, I'd it we're me, just because of how the Athearn models are long runners and reliable, I would get whatever the dealer had, and then, if you want, upgrade the decoder later. I'm assuming there are speakers in the locomotives already, so at worst case, it's a simpler swap at color coded wires, at best, a simple unplug and plug in the new decoder. Win, win in my book. Especially, as a ton of great Athearn models I like(switchers), are no longer produced. I would jump in a heartbeat!

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I only have the original tsunami. So I do not know the difference. At the time the
original tsunami was about the best. tsunami2 was a cheaper decoder. I figured a cut down version. I would not be afraid of the original.
 

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Tsunami2 is their top of the line decoder. If I remember correctly, the Tsunami2, the functions, can be remapped to any button.
 

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Got it

Picked up the new GP9 at Trainworld today and it turned out to be a Genesis model with a Tsunami 2 decoder all for $159 (had $10 coupon from MR mag). So I am very pleased. Was concerned it was very old but is from 2018. Will try to add photo. Thanks for all comments.
 

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CV programming GP(

This is a followup question. I have another Tsunami2 in a SD60E engine and it signals with the horn when it is going to move forward and reverse automatically. I believe it is 1 or 2 toots forward and 3 toots reverse. I want to do this on the new GP9 but can't remember what CV's do this. Anyone know?
 

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I have the steam version but it's probably the same. CV193 is set to what speed-step you want it to automatically sound at. So in mine, if you set CV193 to 1, then any time I start moving it sounds the bells. CV194 sets how many seconds to sound the bells before turning them off.
 

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I have the steam version but it's probably the same. CV193 is set to what speed-step you want it to automatically sound at. So in mine, if you set CV193 to 1, then any time I start moving it sounds the bells. CV194 sets how many seconds to sound the bells before turning them off.
Thanks Shdwdrgn I already did that setting 193 to 3 & 194 to 10 seconds but that still doesn't give the directional toots. Funny thing is I have a Bachmann 4-6-2 and GP38-2 both with Soundvalue which is a Soundtraxx made decoder and they both give 2 long blasts forward and 3 short toots for reverse. They also give a short toot when they come to a complete stop. My SD60E with T2 also does this. I hope to call Soundtraxx on Monday to see what is up unless someone else can help. Thanks again
 

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Thankyou MatroxD just what I was looking for. I will try this later but right now a I have a date with some clay pigeons. Paul
 

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Thanks again MatroxD the video helped and the engine toots perfectly. I don't recall doing this in the past on my SD60E. It must have been set up that way from the factory. My biggest surprise is that the Bachmann Sound Value engines also worked that way out of the box. But I did setup CV193 & 194 on the Bachmanns so maybe there was a connection to the other CVs that came on automatically. Whatever!! I will try to post a video showing how the sounds worked on the GP9 engine. They add a great dimension to the realism. Paul
 

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Tried to post a short video of how the CV mods worked but got a notice that some kind of 'Token' was missing so they wouldn't post it. No idea what that means!!!!
 

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Thanks again MatroxD the video helped and the engine toots perfectly. I don't recall doing this in the past on my SD60E. It must have been set up that way from the factory. My biggest surprise is that the Bachmann Sound Value engines also worked that way out of the box. But I did setup CV193 & 194 on the Bachmanns so maybe there was a connection to the other CVs that came on automatically. Whatever!! I will try to post a video showing how the sounds worked on the GP9 engine. They add a great dimension to the realism. Paul
Yes, on the sound value models I own, they didn't come stock that way. Actually, even my self installed decoders, didn't come that way(may be something new).

But it, indeed, to me also, adds an additional dimension to running trains. You should try to experiment with the DDE also. I love running the DDE equipped models. It's nice to simply set the locomotive to run, and depending on the load, the locomotives location, and more, it notches up or down on its own. This feature alone makes me want to equip more T2's in more of my models.

The soundtraxx devices for me, are extremely interesting in what they can do. And at least for me, as I watch the tutorials and webinars, it really stinks in, how little I have actually discovered and know about them.

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Know what you mean, just didn't the get the initials. Like I said earlier I wanted to post a short video showing the CV changes on the GP9. Don't know what you have to do to post after getting a message that a TOKEN was missing. Anyone have an idea???
 
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