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ESU LokSound 5 Blank Micro Decoder - 8 Pin

$168.00 $195.00

NEW SEPTEMBER 2019 Release


NOTE : This decoder does NOT include a speaker. Please visit our Speaker Section for a speaker suitable for all decoder brands that will best fit your installation.


This ESU LokSound 5 DCC Sound decoder is supplied blank and contains NO SOUND FILE.

You will need access to an ESU LokProgrammer to program the decoder with an ESU downloadable sound file from their website.


ESU is proud to present the brand-new LokSound 5 sound decoder and it is the most important member of the LokSound family.The LokSound 5 Micro is actually a "small miracle". With a footprint of 21mm x 10 mm it is by far the smallest LokSound decoder, which we have ever built. Thus it should fit into all N gauge and TT locomotives, but is also suitable for small H0 locomotives. All LokSound 5 Micro decoders are equipped with a Next18 interface and are available with adapter plugs to suit all popular digital interface types.


The LokSound 5 Micro DCC decoder has a DCC & DC “Dual Mode” Operation, 2 or 4 Digit DCC Addressing, 14-28-128 Speed Steps, Locomotive Consisting and up to 32 Functions. It supports all DCC programming modes including POM (Programming on the Main) and also supports RailComPlus® that allows the decoders to register themselves automatically on suitable command stations.It also allows updating the internal firmware making it future-proof. This means, the internal software on the decoder‘s memory can be replaced by new versions supplied by ESU when new features, improvements or bug fixes are released.


You would expect excellent motor control from a LokSound Decoder and deservedly so! It would have to have the best motor control of any decoder as the motor control of the LokSound 5 has been further improved. A variable PWM pulse frequency ranging from 10 kHz to 50 kHz assures perfect silent operation, particularly for coreless motors. Thus the typical hum is a thing of the past. Load control can now be adjusted with up to 10 separate CVs and thus will manage even the most difficult cases. The unique “Auto Tune” function facilitates the automatic calibration of the decoder to perfectly match the motor. The LokSound 5 Micro DCC decoder supplies sufficient motor current (up to 0.75 A) for the intended applications.


The LokSound 5 decoder can reproduce up to 10 channels simultaneously. Each channel offers up to 16 Bit / 31250 kHz and thus we have finally achieved hi-fi sound quality on your layout. A class D audio power amplifier with up to 3W output power feeds the speakers with a permitted impedance of 4 – 32 Ohms. The huge 128 MBit sound memory assures sufficient storage capacity.


Despite its small dimensions the LokSound 5 micro decoder has at least 6 amplified function outputs as well as one logic output. There are two more logic outputs on the Next18 interface, which alternately may be employed to control RC servos. Of course, all important lighting functions are supported. The brightness of each output may be adjusted separately.


Decoder Features:

User is required to self load sound files with the ESU LokProgrammer

NEXT18 Format with adapter 8 Pin Plug

0.7 Amp Current Rating

Operates on DCC & DC Analog

Next Generation BEMF with "Auto Tune"

6 Amplified Function Outputs

Special Lighting Effects

Supports use of LEDs for lighting

Class D Audio Power Amplifier with up to 3W Output Power

10 Channel Sound offers up to 16 Bit / 31250 kHz Hi-Fi Sound Quality

Up to 32 Function Mappings

Overload protection for motor and function outputs

Size 21mm x 10 mm (0.826" x 0.393")

Uses 4, 8 or 16 Ohm Speakers

Speaker Not Included


We also stock a great range of speakers including our own range of High Performance Dynamic Speakers for use with this Decoder. If your locomotive does not have a factory speaker installed, don't forget to check out our speaker section to include a speaker. Not sure which speaker is suitable for your locomotive then contact us first before making a decoder purchase.



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