The LokSound XL V4.0 for G Scale - O Scale that speaks DCC, MTS, Motorola®, Selectrix® and M4 protocols as well as analog both DC and AC!
For all G SCALE Big Trains by Marklin, LGB, PIKO, USA and Others
Easy to wire with screw terminals and standard Servo connectors
Ready for Programming with your choice of free Steam, Diesel or Electric Loco Sounds.
Buy it now price: $219.96 New
The first and only decoder to work all 4 data protocols and can thus be used anywhere. Beside DCC operation with RailComPlus recognition, the decoder will be automatically recognized by Märklin® command stations via the M4 protocol. For owners of older layouts, the decoder works with the LGB MTS standards and has additionally been equipped with the well-known Motorola® and Selectrix® data format.
The LokSound XL V4.0 decoder can also be used on analogue DC or AC layouts.
The built-in motor control will learn the motor manners and synchronizes the drive and lighting functions with the sound functions.
Made for larger gauges for excellent motor control and power. LokSound XL V4.0 is equipped with the 5th generation of load control. You can adjust the control frequency adaptively to the speed. So many motors will run even better and smooth at extreme slow speeds.
Thanks to the 10 Bit A/D converter, locos with well-known motors by e.g. Bühler®, Mabuchi®, Faulhaber® or Maxon®, will drive very slowly on the tracks. You can determine a limitation of the load control‘s influence with the Dynamic Drive Control (DDC) to control very accurately in station or shunting switch areas. Uphill running also appears very natural.
The power of the LokSound XL V4.0 decoder´s motor output has been increased by 25% and now delivers 4.0A continuous output (for a short time up to 5A) to keep heavy two-engine locos (e.g. by Piko®, KISS or LGB®) also running smoothly.
The most important element of the new LokSound V4.0 decoders is the sound chip. This is why we have equipped the LokSound XL V4.0 with an enormous memory of 32 MBit to save up to 276 seconds of original sounds. The LokSound XL V4.0 works with 8 polyphonic channels, i.e. that the decoder is able to play up to 8 different sounds simultaneously, using the 10-Bit mixer and the nearly noiseless D/A converter.
So we can provide much better monitoring of the original locomotive´s complex elements as it is possible to combine several channels. You‘ll recognize the difference at once! The sounds will be transmitted to the loudspeaker using a new digital "class D" amplifier. The dublex power amplifier, the LokSound XL V4.0 has been equipped with, allows you to hear your locos anytime from the furthest corners of your garden.
Thus you will be able to connect two different loudspeakers and bring out a maximum performance of all in all up to 13 Watts from the decoder. All single sounds can be adjusted individually per CV in their sound volume. If desired, you are also able to set the sound level with the help of two (optional) rotary potentiometers directly at the loco.
Functions In larger scaled locos a lot of special functions could be switched or moved. Therefore the new decoder comes with twelve (12) function outputs with 500mA power/constant current each to control lighting effects or fan motors. Each function output can be adjusted individually in terms of brightness or lighting effects and controls LEDs or light bulbs. Also micro bulbs with a current of 1.8V can be directly used due to an integrated voltage regulator.
Beyond this, the LokSound XL V4.0 decoder controls 4 servos. This allows features such as lifting and lowering pantographs, functional shunting couplings or radius bar (reach rod) changes on steam locomotives. Simply plug in our ESU servos or other commercial servos. Of course, you will be able to synchronize motor, sound and special functions.
This makes remote controlled coupling possible including the prototypical automatic pushing and pulling of the loco.
The LokSound XL V4.0 decoder is prepared to control external smoke generators. No matter if it is the Dynamic-Smoke module by KM-1® or the smoke unit by Massoth®: the decoder creates the required synchronization impulse.
Three digital inputs can be used for control functions. Thus it is possible to install a reed contact under the locomotive and spread track magnets across the layout to trigger a horn or bell when passing them or – a brand-new function! –stop automatically at the station and drive on automatically after a few seconds.
G Scale garden railways and smaller gauge 1 locomotives suffer from bad power pickup causing stalls or restarts. This problem will be finally solved with the LokSound XL V4.0: The decoder comes with the integrated PowerPack Buffer on the decoder reliably buffers all of the decoder´s functions and makes a reliable and trouble-free operation possible. There is no need to configure or connect something. The function is just there.
Of course, all function outputs and the motor current output are overload protected. We want you to have fun with your decoder as long as possible!
You can update the firmware of the LokSound decoders. This means, the internal software of the decoder can be replaced by new versions if necessary via the ESU LokProgrammer.
ESU, as the technologic and market leader takes your requirements for sound very seriously. For LokSound XL V4.0 decoders, all sounds created for the 4th generation of LokSounds can be used - or projects that have been created for a LokSound XL V3.5 can be converted just by a few mouse clicks. There are already more than 200 sound variations available. ESU is extending the sound library all the time and provides all sounds on our homepage for free download
NMRA/DCC with 14, 28, 128 speed steps and automatic RailComPlus® detection.
DCC 2-digit and 4-digit addresses. Up to 28 functions in DCC operation.
M4 data format with 128 speed steps and automatic recognition by appropriate command stations. Up to 16 functions in M4 operation
Digital Motorola® (old and new), up to 28 drive steps in Motorola® mode. Up to 255 addresses in Motorola® mode. Up to 4 addresses for function keys F5 to F15. Selectrix® operation with 31 speed steps. Extended functions for up to 8 function keys (suitable control station necessary).
Analogue DC and AC operation (deactivation possible).
Automatic recognition of the operating mode and the DCC drive step configuration.
Supporting Lenz® LG100, Märklin®, Roco® braking modes. Supporting Lenz ABC brakes and Märklin® brake system
Reverse bit Intelligent programming mode with Märklin® 6021®.
Supporting programming modes for ROCO Lokmaus 2 and ROCO Multimouse.
4.0A continuous load
Connection to DC-, AC-motors with permanent magnet
Noiseless, motor saving control with 40 / 20 kHz pwm frequency
Motor output protected against overload.
Load control of the 5th generation (possible to deactivate)
Dynamic Drive Control.
12 amplified outputs
Max. 500mA load for each output
Total current for all function outputs ca. 2000mA. Outputs short circuit protected
4 servo outputs for common servos. 5V integrated power supply.
Control impulse generation for external smoke generators (KM-1, Massoth)
Flexible assignment to any F keys, Inputs, loco status/direction/motion etc. and/or any logical specified combinations of each.
Flexible lighting effects with selectable rate/speed/dimming or logical combinations of Loco status/direction/motion etc.
3 digital inputs to trigger steam chuffs or bell, whistle, horn or other sounds or to trigger any outputs, functions or logic combination with any loco conditions.
8 individual sound channels
High power dual amplification with about 11 Watts output current
Sound files in the internal flash memory modifiable
Modes for Steam-, Diesel hydraulic- , Diesel electric- , Electric locomotives, battery railcars, hybrid locomotives etc.
32 MBit sound memory (up to 276 seconds)
Connection for two independent loudspeakers
Total current decoder:
7A total current
Integrated ESU PowerPack
Full RailComPlus® integration.
Full M4 integration.
Impedance 4-32 Ohms, 8 Ohms recommended.
Mfg: By ESU Electronics, Germany
Dimensions: 51mm x 40 mm (2" Long without end mounting tabs)
2.45" Long X 1.57" Wide X .52" High
Note: The mounting tabs at each end of the decoder may be removed to lessen the length.
This LGB 25604 Snow Plow Loco below was converted to DCC operation using the ESU LokSound 4.0 FX decoder that also controls a servo for remote control and automated snow plow wings as well as 6 LED using ESU special lighting effects.
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This video shows the extreme slow speed control possible with the ESU decoders. LGB 25604 snow plow loco is virtually the same as the LGB track cleaning loco that also has a cleaning motor.
Bulbs were replaced with LEDs as follows with special lighting effects controlled by the decoder:
The lighting upgrades include:
3 each Warm White 3mm flat top wide angle LEDs controlled by F0 and loco direction for front and rear leds.
2each Yellow Diffused 5mm bright LEDs controlled by forward direction and F8 to set the Servo ON (plow blade extensions moved to full extension). Double strobe lighting effect with alternate activation on each LED.
1each 10mm Red Diffused LED mounted on smoke stack (smoke stack exhaust bypassed via new stacks) and set to the rotating beacon effect when F0 on and in the forward direction.
All LEDs are powered efficiently and safely via the Shourt Line LED controller shown below.
The Decoder is mounted to the locos weight block. Note the 3 wire servo plugged into the decoder for remote and automatic operation of the snow plow extensions.
The LEDs are powered by a Shourt Line SL 8453003 Precision Train Throttle & LED controller set to 3.1 Volts. The ESU LokSound provides dimming and special lighting effects as well as automatic operation of the servo powering the plow extensions.
A kit is available with all the parts and instructions needed to install the ESU decoder and speaker with all the features shown above. New LGB Snow Plow Locos and complete conversion/installation services are available at the Shourt Line for those wanting a ready to run, DCC loco with all the features shown above and more.
ESU smoke generators can also be fitted to the loco and smoke output is stepped with the diesel speed.
For 1 for 2 motor G Scale Big Train Locomotives.
Questions? Call the ShourtLine at 310-622-4431 or drop in for a demonstration
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