The origin of the WOWSound product line from TCS is credited to a friend of our founder and CEO, whose first word after hearing the prototype Steam sound decoder was, quite literally, "WOW!" But what exactly is it about TCS sound decoders make you say wow?
WOWSound from TCS is the only true 16-bit CD-quality sound decoder in the world. CD-quality audio is defined as 16-bit resolution with a sample rate of 44,100 Herz. If you're not an audio geek, what this means in simpler terms is that there is ZERO compression in the audio. The sounds being played by the decoder coming out of your locomotive are the same sounds and the same quality which came out of the real thing when we recorded it!
TCS takes audio quality seriously. WOWSound decoders use authentic sounds in every possible application. The combination of our top-notch engineering and faithfully recorded sounds make for the smoothest operating and most authentic sounding decoders on the market.
You may be wondering how it's possible to store all of this audio in one tiny device. After all, there are dozens of prime movers on each WOWDiesel decoder, and if they all have 30 minutes of audio each, at CD quality, the storage size requirement must be massive! You are right to think that, and that is wxactly why TCS developed our WOWSound platform using SD card technology. With a single SD card, the possible storage space is only limited by the size of the card itself, which these days is into the TeraByte range.
With this practically unlimited storage space, TCS decoders offer you another feature NO other sound decoder can - a complete library on every decoder we make. No need to download your own sounds, which could take hours for each and every locomotive you own. No! Instead, you can purchase a single decoder any use it in any locomotive you own by simply programming it with the right sounds from the library.
But programming a decoder is difficult, isn't it? And having to program dozens of CV's to get it right is time consuming, confusing. We agree! Which is why we developed AudioAssist® for the very first version of our WOWSound decoders. It has been a staple feature of every generation since.
Every WOWSound decoder comes with AudioAssist®, our friendly interactive programming menu. The AudioAssist® menu makes programming locomotives to your individual preference all without touching a single CV. WOWSound is a frustration-free decoder that gets you railroading like a pro in no time at all.
Below are some of the operational differences that set TCS WOWSound decoders apart from our competitors:
TCS builds WOWSound decoders with a focus on prototypical operation and authenticity from step one. Locomotive sound and performance adjust for minor grades and heavy loads alike, not just overall speed. The only way to experience this is to use it for yourself! WOWSound decoders, in conjunction with Audio Assist allow you to perform on-the-fly calibrations of the load sensing settings of the decoder so that you can fine-tune your experience and maximize the dynamics of the sound. No more stale, repetitive clatter from one end of the layout to the other!
At TCS, we're focused on giving you the flexibility and the options you deserve, so you can spend less time programming and more time running your railroad. WOWSound gives modelers a true "In the Cab" experience every time. Installing TCS WOWSound in your locomotives gives you the best sound and operation possible in the hobby. You'll be the envy of your club when your trains perform more consistently and sound better than anything else on the layout. Still curious? Pick up a WOWSound decoder and experience the difference yourself.
Other manufacturers will claim to have 16-bit and even 32-bit audio resolution, but only TCS has true 16-bit audio. To be a true 16-bit sound decoder, you need to store the audio files in a 16-bit format and play them through a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter. TCS WOWSound is the only decoder in the world that actually does this. Check out our video below all about CD-quality audio and how WOWSound is the ONLY decoder to accomplish this feat.