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DBX 160A Rackmount Compressor/Limiter with Negative Compression Processor $15 Instant Coupon Use Promo Code: $15-OFF



DBX 160A Rackmount Compressor/Limiter with Negative Compression Processor $15 Instant Coupon Use Promo Code: $15-OFF

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 160A  DBX 


 Compressor/Limiter Processor 



The dbx® 160A is a legendary 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 decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real lifesaver 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.


The dbx 160AD provides classic, musical, easy to set dynamic control. Its exclusive Infinity± inverse compression can reduce audio below unity gain. Features include XLR and TRS in’s/out’s, TRS sidechain inserts, OverEasy® and hard knee compression, and auto attack/release.



  • 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.

  • Optional output transformer capable

  • Strappable with another 160A for true RMS stereo summing operation


  • Input Connectors: 1/4" TRS and XLR, Floating Balanced; XLR: Pin 2 hot Phone: Tip Hot

  • Input Impedance: 40k

  • Max Input: +24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced (Absolute)

  • CMRR: >45dB (any Frequency)

  • Detector Input: Connector: 14" TRS phone, Floating Balanced

  • Detector Input Impedance: >200k

  • Detector Input Max Level: +28dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced

  • Output Connectors: 1/4" TRS phone, Unbalanced; XLR, floating balanced; pin 2 hot

  • Output Impedance: Balanced 200 ohm, unbalanced 100 ohm

  • Max Output: (Balanced): +24dBm; <0.3% THD; (Unbalanced): +20dBm; <0.3% THD

  • Noise: <-90dBu, Unweighted (20Hz - 20kHz)

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz -20kHz, +0, -0.5dB; +0, -3dB 0.5Hz and 90kHz.

  • THD: <0.2%, Typical, any amount of compression up to 40dB @ 1kHz

  • Compressor Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu

  • Compressor Threshold Characteristic: OverEasy® or hard knee

  • Compressor Ratio: Variable 1:1 to :1 thru to -1:1; >60dB maximum compression

  • Compressor Attack Time: Program dependent; typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB

  • Compressor Release Time: Program Dependent; Typically 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/sec rate

  • Dynamic Range: >113dB

  • Gain Adjustment Range: Variable from -20dB to +20dB

  • Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power summing

  • Summing: 1/4" TRS phone jack

  • Operating Voltage: DO: 90-130VAC, 50/60Hz; EU: 200-250VAC, 50/60Hz

  • Power Connector: IEC receptacle

  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 19" x 6.5" (4.45cm x 48.2cm x 16.51cm)

  • Unit Weight: 4.452 lbs (1.99 kg)

  • Shipping Weight: 6.62 lbs (2.99 kg)

SALE: $429.99




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