Often I see people say they don't want a DCC decoder even on battery because they state, like Bruce, they only use the bell and whistle. But the features in DCC decoders are not just what you control remotely, and what is important for us, is the "pull through" technology. HO is the big market, and basically adding bigger output transistors, and possibly more lighting and/or servo outputs is easy to "upgrade" and HO decoder to Large Scale.
Said again: It's pretty easy to take an HO decoder and make a LS product too.
The "purpose built" Large Scale sound cards and decoders, necessarily are smaller companies in most cases, and it's harder for them to add more features, or better technology to reduce space/cost, and also to fund the more and more important sound files.
So, if I was battery, I would definitely go with a system that allowed me a choice of any DCC decoder I wanted to use.
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