Like most of our customers, we have a passion for model railroading
and like most enthusiasts, we always seem to be looking for ways
to improve realism.
When digital recording started to become affordable in the early 1990s, it
offered the potential to add a whole new dimension to the hobby. But we were
We discovered that all digital sound units are not created equal
and the ones we tried fell short of our expectations. Distortion,
poor amplification and limited sound choices ruined the experience.
Hence, Phoenix Sound Systems was born.
Uncompromising sound quality...
Our foremost goal was to produce an uncompromising system that
truly lived up to the potential. In particular, we demanded clear
reproduction where a ringing bell would stand out crisply from
the background chuff, and not be mixed into it -- and where the
howl of a whistle would not distort the chuff itself. Where you
would hear the rumble of a diesel, not just the knock.
We also knew that the unit had to have sufficient amplification
to support "loud" outdoor operation suitable for big
scales such as 'O', 'G', 1" and larger. We also wanted to
insure a proper frequency response providing not only crisp treble
but full bodied bass. Diesels don't just knock and pop, they also
rumble, and that is the most realistic part!!
Comprehensive sound selections...
We also realized that hobbyists model many diverse eras, equipment
types and road names so variety was paramount. A simple choice
of diesel or steam was not enough.
Rather a comprehensive selection of specific types of diesels
and specific steam engines from different road names was required.
After all there is a big difference between a 1890 era narrow gauge
engine and a World War II era standard gauge heavy steam locomotive.
We believe we have met our goals with the BigSound™ sound
unit and as such, it should live up to your dream.