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DBX 1046 Quad Compressor Limiter

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About DBX 160A Sound Processing

The dbx 160A belongs to the dbx 160 family of compressor/limiters. The same classic sound, easy set-up and no compromise metering is now married to an improved signal path and stronger chassis design. The result is industry standard compressor/limiter which is digital-ready and road tough.

Featuring switch-selectable OverEasy and Hard Knee compression curves along with extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls, the dbx 160A is up to any task. True RMS level detection provides the most natural-sounding dynamics processing available, from subtle compression to "brick wall" peak limiting. Choose low ratios and OverEasy compression to transparently smooth out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels or use the 160A's Hard Knee compression and high ratios (up to and beyond:1 and over 60dB gain reduction) for bombproof protection against overload distortion in digital recording, P.A. systems and broadcast signals.

The 160A is fully compatible with +4/-10dB and balanced/ unbalanced systems and its electronically balanced output stage is an outstanding line driver for long cable runs (an output transformer is optional). The 19-segment, switchable input/ output LED metering can be easily calibrated to any operating level. 12-segment gain reduction LEDs provide precise analysis at a glance.

The dbx 160A's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real life saver for correcting overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway house mix levels. A detector input can be used with an equalizer for de-essing sibilant vocals and selectively smoothing out boomy notes on acoustic guitar and bass. And two 160As can be stereo-coupled to process an entire mix or instruments mic'd in stereo, without shifting the left/right image. Its musical sound, easy operation and unequaled versatility made the original dbx 160 a world standard.

The 160A follows that tradition, while meeting the challenges of a digital world.ent in the mix, or overall characteristics of 4 independent signals or control the gain leveling on a couple of stereo pairs, the dbx 160A is for you.

DBX 160A Sound Processing Features

  • OverEasy or classic hard knee compression with dbx's ultra-musical program dependent attack and release times
  • Compression ratio variable from 1:1 through infinity:1 to negative compression
  • Precision dual RMS LED display monitors input or output and gain reduction over a wide range and calibrates for different operating levels
  • Over 60dB of gain reduction available
  • Exclusive Infinity+ compression allows negative compression
  • Independent balanced and unbalanced outputs can drive 600 loads to +24dBm simultaneously. New floating balanced output stage drives any load
  • Strappable with another 160A for true RMS stereo summing operation
More Information
Stock Status Available to Buy
Manufacturer DBX
Mfr Part No 1046
Upc Number 691991400001
Condition New
Refundable / Cancelable? Yes
Input: Type
Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input: Connectors
XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
Input: Impedance
Balanced > 40 kOhm, unbalanced >20 kOhm
Input: Max Input Level
> +22 dBu balanced or unbalanced
Input: CMRR
Typically >50 dB at 1 kHz
Output: Type
Servo-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Output: Connectors
XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
Output: Impedance
Balanced 30 Ohm, unbalanced 15 Ohm
Output: Max Output Level
> +22 dBm balanced, > +20 dBm unbalanced
System Performance: Bandwidth
>20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB
System Performance: Frequency Response
>0.35 Hz to 90kHz, +0/-3 dB
System Performance: Noise
< -96 dBu, unweighted, 22 kHz measurement bandwidth
System Performance: Dynamic Range
> 118 dB, unweighted
System Performance: THD+Noise
>0.008% typical at +4 dBu, 1 kHz unity gain
0.08% typical at +20 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
< 0.1% any amount of compression up to 40 dB, 1 kHz
System Performance: IMD
< 0.1% SMPTE
System Performance: Crosstalk
< -80 dB 20Hz to 20 kHz
System Performance: Stereo Coupling
True RMS Power Summing
Compressor: Threshold Range
-40 dBu to +20 dBu
Compressor: Ratio
1:1 to infinity:1
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic
Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor:Attack/Release Characteristic
Compressor: Attack Time
Compressor: Release Time
Compressor: Output Gain
-20 to +20 dB
Limiter Type
PeakStopPlus two-stage limiter
Limiter: Threshold Range
0 dBu to +24 dBu (off)
Limiter: Ratio
Limiter: Stage 1
PeakStop brickwall limiter
Limiter: Attack Time
Limiter: Release Time
Limiter: Stage 2
Predictive intelligent program limiter
Switches: OverEasy
Activates the OverEasy compression function
Switches: I/O Meter
Switches between monitoring input and output levels on the Input/Output Level meter
Switches: Bypass
Activates the direct input-to-output hard-wire bypass.
Operating Level: Rear panel
Switches the nominal operating level between -10 dBV and +4 dBu simultaneously for both input and output levels
Indicator: Gain Reduction Meter
8 segment LED bar graph at 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 dB
Indicator: Input/Output Meter
8-segment LED bar graph at -24, -18, -12, -6, 0, +6, +12 and +18 dBu
Indicator: PeakStop
1 LED to indicate PeakStop limiting
Output Transformer
Jensen JT-123-dbx or JT- 11-dbx, BCI RE- 123-dbx or RE-11-dbx
Operating Voltage
Switchable:100-120 VAC 50-60 Hz or 200-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption
20 Watts
100-120 VAC:250 mA Slow Blow, 200-240 VAC:125 mA Type T
Mains Connection
IEC receptacle
Dimensions (H x W xD)
1.75 x19 x9"(4.4cmx48.3cmx20.1cm)
5.2 lbs. (2.4 kg)
Dimensions 22 x 11.5 x 3.5
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