ESU 58731 LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan "generic"

ESU 58731

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The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan has been specially developed for installation in Kato-branded track N vehicles: in many European and Japanese locomotives of this manufacturer, the ser decoder can be installed directly below the engine instead of the analog board installed as standard. Finally, these models can also be easily retrofitted with a LokSound decoder.

The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan with its dimensions of 27.6mm x 14.1mm x 3mm is a pure DCC decoder and comes without a loudspeaker.


The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan is a "pure-bred" DCC decoder. 14 to 128 driving steps are as self-evident as 2- and 4-digit addresses. Up to 32 functions can be triggered. Thanks to RailComPlus®, the decoders log in fully to a suitable digital center.It masters all DCC programming modes and thanks to RailCom® the CV values can be read out on the main track with suitable control panels. Auxiliary registers exist for control panels that can only program the CVs from 1-255.

The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan Decoder detects the Märklin® brake distances as well as ZIMO® HLU / ZACK commands or the Lenz® ABC system. Braking with DCC brake blocks or dc voltage is also possible. In addition, it also stops with a Selectrix® brake diode. An AUTOMATIC ABC commuter train allows automatic commuting between two stations.

The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan can be used on analog DC webs.The decoder switches "on-the-fly" fully automatically between operating modes. Most of the time, nothing needs to be adjusted.


The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan Decoder can play up to 12 channels simultaneously. Each channel can be resolved with up to 16 bits / 31250 kHz and offers hi-fi quality on its system. There is virtually no difference to the original audible anymore. A Class-D audio output with up to 3W output power controls the speakers, which can have between 4 ohms and 32 ohms impedance. A 128 Mbit sound memory provides enough capacity.

All individual noises can be adjusted individually in the volume. The super-flexible sound engine without a rigid schedule allows the exemplary simulation of all conceivable rail tracks.


Although the LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan is normally installed in the motor car of a drive car set, three reinforced function outputs for lighting are available at their own discretion. All important lighting functions are available. The brightness of each output can be set separately.


The motor control of the LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan has a variable PWM clock frequency from 10kHz to 50kHz, which ensures a super-quiet drive, especially for bell anchor motors – the typical "hum" is a thing of the past. The load control can be adapted to difficult cases with up to 10 CVs. The unique "Autotune" function allows the decoder to be automatically measured against the motor. The LokSound 5 micro DCC Direct Kato Japan Decoder delivers up to 0.9A motor power.


Of course, the outputs are protected against overload. We want you to enjoy your decoder for as long as possible.

Please Note: By default, LokSound decoders come with no specific sound file on them. Purchase any ESU LokSound V5 decoder and we will pre-load the sound project of your choice onto the decoder before pick-up/shipping free of charge.

Simply choose the ESU LokSound V5 sound project from the wide variety of ESU North American and European sound projects available at and let us know the project name in the 'comments' section during checkout or send us an email after you place your order.

We will also program your decoder to your preferred DCC address and make simple CV changes at no charge*. Once programmed with your choice of sound project, you can easily customize many LokSound options yourself using your digital command station to set CVs or the LokProgrammer.

To access Loksound decoders more conveniently, load sound files onto the decoder yourself or to change sound files, we recommend the ESU LokProgrammer.

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