One of the disadvantages of a booming world economy is that it can put a strain on supplies of critical components at unexpected moments. Just such a problem has got in the way of Econami ECO-100 and ECO-200 sound decoder production. Soundtraxx is basically looking at a 30 week lead time for the components they need which means they won’t be cranking up production of them until July 2018. Fortunately this does not affect production of the ECO-PNP and 21-pin decoders as well as all Tsunami2 decoders. Also in the near term, they will soon be releasing an adapter for the 21-pin decoder that will allow it to be plugged into a standard JST connector.
If you need to have an ECO-100 or ECO-200 replaced as part of their warranty program they will either put you on a list for shipment when production resumes or offer to upgrade you to a Tsunami2 for the difference in the retail price. The following is from their website:
Please Note: We are experiencing extremely long lead times and parts availability issues with both ECO-100 and ECO-200 Digital Sound Decoders. Until such time as this issue is resolved, we will not be taking new orders for these products. However, the TSU-1100 and TSU-2200 Digital Sound Decoders are both viable options and readily available.