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The dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate is the latest in dbx's long line of industry leading compressors. With its patented OverEasy® compression technology and intuitive interface, the 266xs provides transparent, musical dynamic control for live sound and recording applications. Available in stereo or dual mono modes, the 266xs features quality XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs and True RMS Power Summing™. Gain reduction metering and LED indicators offer visual feedback for precision setting of threshold, gain reduction and gate.

OverEasy® Compression for Transparent Sound

dbx's OverEasy® compression algorithm provides smooth, natural sounding gain reduction that is nearly inaudible. OverEasy® compression allows you to transparently smooth out uneven levels and add sustain and fullness to the mix with clarity. The 266xs's OverEasy® compression, combined with its musical AutoDynamic™ attack and release controls, makes it easy to achieve polished, professional results.

Tight Gate for Maximum Clarity

In addition to compression, the 266xs incorporates dbx's proprietary AutoDynamic™ attack/release controls, one on each channel. Adjust the attack and release speed to adjust the compressor's reaction to the incoming sound. The attack/release works in tandem with the compressor to create a very clean signal path.

Flexible Controls for Any Application

With threshold, ratio, attack and release controls, the 266xs offers flexibility for any compression application. Threshold and ratio controls allow you to precisely set the amount of gain reduction, from subtle evening to heavy compression. Attack and release knobs let you tailor the speed at which compression is applied and released, enabling natural or aggressive compression based on your needs. LED gain reduction meters provide visual monitoring of levels to ensure optimal settings.

Road Ready Construction

With a rugged metal construction and durable jacks and switches, the 266xs is built to withstand the rigors of live sound. Its compact, 1U rack mountable design makes it ideal for any touring or installed sound system. Ultra low power consumption and optional rack mount kits add to its live sound capability.

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  • 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

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  • Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance: 40kÎ balanced, 20kÎ unbalanced
  • Maximum Level: >+22dBu Balanced or Unbalanced
  • Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Type: Impedance-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance (+4dBu): 100Î balanced, 50Î unbalanced
  • Impedance (-10dBu): 1kÎ balanced, 500Î unbalanced
  • Maximum Level:
    >+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2kÎ or greater
    >+18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600&omega)
  • Connector: 1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
  • Impedance: Tip = >10kÎ(Input), Ring = 2kÎ(Output)
  • Maximum Level: Tip = >+22dBu (Input), Ring = >+20dBu (Output)
  • Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu
  • Threshold
  • Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
  • Compression Ratio: 1:1 to Infinity:1
  • Attack Time: Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
  • Release Time: Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
  • Threshold Range: -60dBu to +15dBu
  • Expansion Ratio: 1:1 to 4:1
  • Attack Time: <100&MICRO;Sec
    Release Time: Program-Dependent
  • Bandwidth: 0.35Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3dB
  • Frequency Response (Flat): 20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB,
  • Noise: <-93dBu, unweighted (22kHz measurement bandwidth)
    THD + N: <0.2%; Any Amount of Compression @1kHz
    Intermodulation Distortion: <0.2% SMPTE
    Dynamic Range: >114dB, unweighted
  • Interchannel Crosstalk <-95dB, 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: 0C to 45C (32F to 113F)
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 5.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.26 cm)
  • Weight: Net: 4.84 lb. (2.19 kg); Shipping: 6.6 lb. (2.99 kg)
  • Note: 0dBu = 0.775Vrms

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2 year warranty for products purchased from us, with the exception of the 480 series.

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