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DBX 166XS Dual Compressor Limiter Gate

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Product Description

Adding a DBX 166XS Compressor Limiter Gate to your live sound rig or studio gives you more dynamic control to help create a more polished, professional sound. Having compression in your audio chain gives you the ability to smooth out uneven levels, add sustain to guitars and fatten up your drums. It also makes it easy to bring vocals to the front of your mix - adding greater clarity and making them stand out from the surrounding instruments. To protect your expensive amps and speakers the PeakStop limiter provides an absolute ceiling for peak excursions or large transients that could damage your equipment.

DBX 166XS Compressor Limiter Gate Features

  • Error proof operation to smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or tighten up mixes
  • New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates
  • Great sounding dynamics control for any type of program material
  • Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
  • Stereo or dual-mono operation
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4 inch TRS and XLR connectors
  • Side Chain insert
  • Classic DBX Auto mode
DBX knows compressors...after all they invented them! The 166XS is the latest in a long line of the world's most successful compressors from the inventors of the technology. Its patented Overeasy compression technology provides smooth and musical performance while the AutoDynamic attack and release controls, found only on DBX compressors, puts great sound within easy reach. The 166XS can operate in stereo or dual-mono modes, has true RMS power summing and features quality XLR and 1/4 inch TRS inputs and outputs. It cuts no corners on visual feedback with gain reduction metering and easy-to-read backlit switches.

Product Specifications
DBX 166XS Compressor Limiter Gate Specifications
  • Inputs:
    • Connector: 1/4 inch TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
    • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
    • Impedance: >50k ohm balanced, >25k ohm unbalanced
    • Maximum Level: >+24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
  • Outputs:
    • Connector: 1/4 inch TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
    • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
    • Impedance: 120 ohm balanced, >60 ohm unbalanced
  • Sidechain Insert:
    • Connector: 1/4 inch TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
  • Compression:
    • Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu
    • Threshold Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
    • Compression Ratio: Variable; 1:1 to Infinity:1; 60dB Maximum Compression
    • Attack Time: Variable program-dependent; 3ms to 340ms for 15dB gain reduction
    • Release Time: Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
  • Expander/Gate:
    • Threshold Range: OFF to +15dBu
    • Expansion Ratio: 10:1
    • Maximum Depth: >60dB
    • Attack Time: <500µSec (from Maximum Depth)
    • Release Time: Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation) 
  • Peakstop Limiter: Threshold Range 0dBu to +20dBu
  • System:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB, Typical 3dB points are 0.35Hz and 110kHz, unity gain
    • Noise: <-90dBu, 22Hz to 22kHz, no weighting, unity gain
    • THD + N: Typically <0.04%; Any Amount of Compression Up to 40dB at 1kHz
    • Dynamic Range: >115 dB, unweighted
  • Power:
    • Power Consumption: 15 Watts Maximum
    • Operating Voltage: 100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Physical:
    • Dimensions: 1.75 x 6.75 x 19 inches (4.45x17.15x48.26cm)
    • Weight: 5.05 lb (2.29 kg)


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  801-568-7660 Warranty:  2 Years
Jimmy Purifoy from Maumelle, AR, USA
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I have 3 of these in my current rack. I use them for vocals and band instruments. I would recommend these to anyone one who needs compression. Clean, clear sound and ease of operation.
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Have been using dbx products for years. They make great equipment.
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I already knew how to use compression, but the manual is written well for those who need a clear understanding of what this unit is capable of.
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