DBX 266xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate

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DBX 266xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate -

The dbx 266xs is a dual channel compressor/limiter/gate that when added to a live sound rig or studio gives you more dynamic control to help creating 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.
The 266xs 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
  • New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR connectors
  • Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
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Bandwidth:0.35Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3dB
CMRR:>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
Compressor: Attack Time:Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
Compressor: Ratio:1:1 to Infinity:1
Compressor: Release Time:Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic:Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Threshold Range:-40dBu to +20dBu
Dimensions (H x D x W):1.75" x 5.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.26 cm )
Dynamic Range:>114dB, unweighted
Expander/Gate: Attack Time:<100 microsec
Expander/Gate: Expansion Ratio:1:1 to 4:1
Expander/Gate: Release Time:Program-Dependent
Expander/Gate: Threshold Range:-60dBu to +15dBu
Frequency Response (Flat):20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB
Input: Connectors:1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Input: Impedance:40k ohm balanced, 20k ohm unbalanced
Input: Type:Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Interchannel Crosstalk:<-95dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Intermodulation Distortion:<0.2% SMPTE
Max Input Level:>+22dBu Balanced or Unbalanced
Max Output Level:>+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2k ohm or greater +18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600 ohm)
Noise:<-93dBu, unweighted (22kHz measurement bandwidth)
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 (+4dBu):100 ohm balanced, 50 ohm unbalanced
Output: Impedance (-10dBu):1k ohm balanced, 500 ohm unbalanced
Output: Type:Impedance-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Power Consumption:15 Watts Maximum
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:Tip = >+22dBu (Input), Ring = >+20dBu (Output)
Stereo Coupling:True RMS Power Summing
THD + N:<0.2%; Any Amount of Compression @1kHz
Weight:4.84 lbs (2.19 kg)

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