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DBX 166xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate

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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 In Stock / Ships in 1 Hour
Manufacturer DBX
Mfr Part No 166xs
Upc Number 691991401268
Condition New
Refundable / Cancelable? Yes
Input: Connectors
1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Input: Type
Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input: Impedance
>50k ohm balanced, >25k ohm unbalanced
Max Input Level
>+24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
Output: Connectors
1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Output: Type
Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Output: Impedance
120 ohm balanced, >60 ohm unbalanced
Max Output Level
>+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2k ohm or greater+18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600 ohm)
Sidechain Insert: Connector
1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
Sidechain Insert: Impedance
Tip = >10k ohm (Input), Ring = 2k ohm (Output)
Sidechain Insert: Max Level
>+20dBu (tip/input)+20dBu (ring/output)
Compressor: Threshold Range
-40dBu to +20dBu
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic
Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Ratio
Variable; 1:1 to Infinity:1; 60dB Maximum Compression
Compressor: Attack Time
Variable program-dependent; 3ms to 340ms for 15dB gain reduction
Compressor: Release Time
Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
Compressor: Manual Release Time
Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
Expander/Gate: Threshold Range
OFF to +15dBu
Expander/Gate: Expansion Ratio
Expander/Gate: Maximum Depth
Expander/Gate: Attack Time
<500 microsec (from Maximum Depth)
Expander/Gate: Release Time
Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation)
Peakstop Limiter: Threshold Range
0dBu to +20dBu
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB, Typical 3dB points are 0.35Hz and 110kHz, unity gain
<-90dBu, 22Hz to 22kHz, no weighting, unity gain
Typically <0.04%; Any Amount of Compression Up to 40dB@1kHz
Typically <0.08% @ +10dBu (15dB Gain reduction)
Dynamic Range
>115 dB, unweighted
Interchannel Crosstalk
<-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
Stereo Coupling
True RMS Power Summing
Power Consumption
15 Watts Maximum
Operating Voltage
100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz
Operating Temperature
0 Deg.C to 45 Deg.C (32 Deg.F to 113 Deg.F)
Dimensions (H x D x W)
1.75" x 6.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 17.15 cm x 48.26 cm )
5.05 lb (2.29 kg)
Dimensions 22 x 11.5 x 2.5
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