DBX Blues Series 160SL Compressor/Limiter

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DBX Blues Series 160SL Compressor/Limiter -

The dbx 160SL is a dual mono/stereo compressor/limiter that strives for excellence not only in performance, but also in construction. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules that deliver 127dB of dynamic range with ultra-low distortion. The unit features Auto, AutoVelocity and full manual mode for setting up the processor. This allows the user to set maximum preferred settings in manual mode and let the 160SL do the rest, depending on the program material. In addition to having the auto attack and release mode, the compressor retains the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160.
The compressor has a machined 1/4" aircraft aluminum front panel, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and is housed in a heavy gauge chassis. Additionally, the electronics of the unit take full advantage of today's technologically superior components and deliver a sonically advanced processor.


  • 127dB of Dynamic Range
  • Switchable between Hard-knee and OverEasy Compression
  • Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity or fully variable attack ad release manual modes
  • High-Drive output transformer circuit drives 1000 ft. of Belden cable at +30dBu with only .007% THD
  • Patent-pending AutoVelocity circuit
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0.1dB Bandwidth:20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.1dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
1.0dB Bandwidth:<4 Hz to >40 kHz +0/-1.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Compressor: Attack/Release Modes:Selectable Manual or Auto
Compressor: Auto Attack Time:Program-dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
Compressor: Auto Release Time:Program-dependent, typically 120dB/sec
Compressor: Manual Attack Time:Scalable program-dependent. Typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
Compressor: Manual Release Time:Scalable program-dependent. Typically 4000dB/sec to 10dB/sec
Compressor: Output Gain:-20 to +20dB
Compressor: Ratio:1:1 to 4:1
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic:Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Threshold Range:-40 to +30dBu
Deviation From Linear Phase:<1.0 degree, <10 Hz to 200 kHz, 30dB of compression
Dimensions (H x W x D):3.5" x 19" x 11.25" / 8.89 x 48.2 x 28.5 cm
Dynamic Range:>122dB
Frequency Response:<2 Hz to >200 kHz +0/-3.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
IMD:<0.02% SMPTE 4:1, no gain reduction, unity gain
Input: CMRR:>100dB 20 Hz to 200 Hz, >80dB 200 Hz to 2 kHz, >60dB 2 kHz to 20 kHz
Input: Connectors:Female XLR Pin 2 hot, pin 1 lift switch
Input: Impedance:Balanced > 20 k Ohms, unbalanced > 10 k Ohms
Input: Type:Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Interchannel Crosstalk:<-100dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Limiter: Attack Time:Program dependent, typically <5 msec
Limiter: Ratio:4:1
Limiter: Release Time:Program dependent, typically 22dB/sec
Limiter: Stage 1:Instantaneous Transient Clamp
Limiter: Stage 2:Intelligent Predictive Limiting
Limiter: Threshold Range:+4dBu to >+30dBu (off)
Limiter: Type:PeakStopPlus two-stage limiter
Max Input Level:>+30dBu balanced, > +26dBu unbalanced
Max Output Level:Bal >+30dBm (into 600 Ohms) Unbalanced (with UNBAL switch engaged) >+24dBm (into 600 Ohms)
Noise:<-92dBu, unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz measurement bandwidth
Output: Connector:Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Output: Impedance:Balanced 50Ohms, unbalanced 25Ohms
Output: Type:Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Sidechain Return (Input): Connector:Female XLR Pin 2 hot
Sidechain Return (Input): Impedance:Balanced >20 k Ohms, unbalanced >10k Ohms
Sidechain Return (Input): Max Level:>+30dBu balanced or unbalanced
Sidechain Return (Input): Type:Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Sidechain Send (Output): Connector:Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Sidechain Send (Output): Type:Unbuffered, hard-wired to INPUT, RF filtered
Stereo Coupling:True RMS Power Summing
THD + Noise:0.008% typical at +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain 0.05% typical at +30dBu, 1kHz, unity gain <0.1% any amount of compression up to 30dB, 1kHz
VCA:dbx V8
VCA Dynamic Range:>127dB
VCA THD + Noise:0.006% typical at +4dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
Weight:20.5 lbs (9.3 kg)

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