LCC Cost Comparison for Detection
December 17, 2019
A comparison of cost between LCC and other popular options for detection.
As model railroaders the basic cost of various options is always an
important consideration in our choices of
system and hardware. How does the cost of LCC stack up when compared to NCE, Digitrax, and CMRI for block detection.
In this comparison we will base our comparisons on 16 blocks of basic
detection because most options do not work
economically for smaller numbers of blocks.
All comparisons based on MSRP and fully assembled commercial hardware.
Note: LCC, NCE, and CMRI detectors all use CT coils for 100% isolation
and no voltage drop.
Digitrax detectors use series diode detection which introduces a voltage drop between the
booster and detected blocks, and imposes block current restrictions. This also requires full
current capacity block feeders from the track to the detector board which increases wiring
cost and layout electrical noise.