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dbx 166xs Dual Compressor Limiter
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With dbx's Overeasy compression and AutoDynamic attack and release.

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 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" TRS inputs and outputs. It cuts no corners on visual feedback with gain reduction metering and easy-to-read backlit switches.

dbx 166xs Dual Compressor Limiter 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" TRS and XLR connectors
    Side Chain insert
    Classic dbx "Auto" mode

dbx 166xs Dual Compressor Limiter Specifications:

    Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
    Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
    Impedance: >50kΩbalanced, >25kΩunbalanced
    Maximum Level: >+24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced

    Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
    Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
    Impedance: 120Ωbalanced, >60Ωunbalanced
    Maximum Level:
    >+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2kΩor greater
    >+18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600Ω)

    Connector: 1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
    Impedance: Tip = >10kΩ(Input), Ring = 2kΩ(Output)
    Maximum Level:
    >+20dBu (tip/input)
    >+20dBu (ring/output)

    Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu
    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

    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)
    Threshold Range 0dBu to +20dBu

    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@1kHz
    SMPTE IMD Typically <0.08% @ +10dBu (15dB Gain reduction)
    Dynamic Range: >115 dB, unweighted
    Interchannel Crosstalk <-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    CMRR: >40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
    Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power Summing

    Power Consumption: 15 Watts Maximum
    Operating Voltage: 100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz
    Operating Temperature: 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)

    Dimensions: 1.75" x 6.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 17.15 cm x 48.26 cm )
    Weight: Net weight: 5.05 lb (2.29 kg)

    Note: 0dBu = 0.775Vrms

dbx 166xs Dual Compressor Limiter

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