Good evening, I have a CenCom Red out of my old truck and am debating if I should upgrade to a CemCom Gold for my new truck. Is it worth upgrading to a Gold or is the Red good enough? Could anyone provide me with any pros or cons on the Gold?
Unless you're wanting the "dying-cow" mechanical tone, alternate wail, alternate yelp, and the ability to move the siren function buttons to a different row on the control head, I think you will be fine with your Cencom Red. Quite honestly, I would stick with your current unit. If you don't want require the remote style head, and want some cool tone choices and nearly as good of functionality, you might try a 295SLSA6 or a hand-held HHS2200 if you're wanting to stick with Whelen choices.
There are several differences in the programming software between the CenCom Red and the CenCom Gold. Additional siren tones, the ability to extract the program from the Gold, (the red had to be rewritten if you lost the file on your PC). This is just a few examples, it has been some time since I've really programmed a Red.
The CenCom Grey is identical in functionality to the Gold, with the addition of being able to interface with 54ward. The unit does not feature dual siren tones.
The Gray has technically been out for a year now. It is not readily available to the general public. The sale of it has to be authorized by both 54Ward and your Whelen regional sales office. A master distributor, distributor, or dealer won't be able to order it w/o the proper authorizations. In order to get one, you really need to be involved in a project with either 54ward or your Whelen Office about the purchase of a simple command or other 54ward system to get the ball rolling. In other words, call 54ward and tell them you're interested in a simple command system and that you're looking at purchasing a Cencom Gray. That should get you started.