DBX 166xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate

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DBX 166xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate -

The dbx 166xs is a dual channel compressor/gate/limiter that when added to a 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 amps and speakers, the PeakStop limiter provides an absolute ceiling for peak excursions or large transients that could damage your equipment.
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" TRS inputs and outputs. It cuts no corners on visual feedback with gain reduction metering and easy-to-read backlit switches.


  • Great sounding dynamics control for any type of program material


  • Error proof operation to smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or tighten up mixes
  • Classic dbx "Auto" mode
  • Stereo or dual-mono operation
  • Side Chain insert
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR connectors
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates
  • Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
  • New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
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CMRR:>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
Compressor: Attack Time:Variable program-dependent; 3ms to 340ms for 15dB gain reduction
Compressor: Manual Release Time:Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
Compressor: Ratio:Variable; 1:1 to Infinity:1; 60dB Maximum Compression
Compressor: Release Time:Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic:Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Threshold Range:-40dBu to +20dBu
Dimensions (H x D x W):1.75" x 6.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 17.15 cm x 48.26 cm )
Dynamic Range:>115 dB, unweighted
Expander/Gate: Attack Time:<500 microsec (from Maximum Depth)
Expander/Gate: Expansion Ratio:10:1
Expander/Gate: Maximum Depth:>60dB
Expander/Gate: Release Time:Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation)
Expander/Gate: Threshold Range:OFF to +15dBu
Frequency Response:20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB, Typical 3dB points are 0.35Hz and 110kHz, unity gain
Input: Connectors:1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Input: Impedance:>50k ohm balanced, >25k ohm unbalanced
Input: Type:Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Interchannel Crosstalk:<-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Max Input Level:>+24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
Max Output Level:>+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2k ohm or greater +18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600 ohm)
Noise:<-90dBu, 22Hz to 22kHz, no weighting, unity gain
Operating Temperature:0 Deg.C to 45 Deg.C (32 Deg.F to 113 Deg.F)
Operating Voltage:100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz
Output: Connectors:1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Output: Impedance:120 ohm balanced, >60 ohm unbalanced
Output: Type:Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Peakstop Limiter: Threshold Range:0dBu to +20dBu
Power Consumption:15 Watts Maximum
SMPTE IMD:Typically <0.08% @ +10dBu (15dB Gain reduction)
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)
Stereo Coupling:True RMS Power Summing
THD + N:Typically <0.04%; Any Amount of Compression Up to 40dB@1kHz
Weight:5.05 lb (2.29 kg)

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