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DBX 160A Compressor/Limiter

SKU: DBX160AD MFR: 160AD
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About the DBX 160A Sound Processing

The dbx 160A belongs to the dbx 160 family of compressor/limiters. The same classic sound, easy set-up and no compromise metering is now married to an improved signal path and stronger chassis design. The result is industry standard compressor/limiter which is digital-ready and road tough.

Featuring switch-selectable OverEasy and Hard Knee compression curves along with extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls, the dbx 160A is up to any task. True RMS level detection provides the most natural-sounding dynamics processing available, from subtle compression to "brick wall" peak limiting. Choose low ratios and OverEasy compression to transparently smooth out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels or use the 160A's Hard Knee compression and high ratios (up to and beyond:1 and over 60dB gain reduction) for bombproof protection against overload distortion in digital recording, P.A. systems and broadcast signals.

The 160A is fully compatible with +4/-10dB and balanced/ unbalanced systems and its electronically balanced output stage is an outstanding line driver for long cable runs (an output transformer is optional). The 19-segment, switchable input/ output LED metering can be easily calibrated to any operating level. 12-segment gain reduction LEDs provide precise analysis at a glance.

The dbx 160A's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real life saver for correcting overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway house mix levels. A detector input can be used with an equalizer for de-essing sibilant vocals and selectively smoothing out boomy notes on acoustic guitar and bass. And two 160As can be stereo-coupled to process an entire mix or instruments mic'd in stereo, without shifting the left/right image. Its musical sound, easy operation and unequaled versatility made the original dbx 160 a world standard.

The 160A follows that tradition, while meeting the challenges of a digital world.ent in the mix, or overall characteristics of 4 independent signals or control the gain leveling on a couple of stereo pairs, the dbx 160A is for you.

DBX 160A Sound Processing Includes

  • dbx 160A Compressor/Limiter
  • AC Power Cable
  • dbx 2 Years Limited Warranty

DBX 160A Sound Processing Features

  • OverEasy or classic hard knee compression with dbx's ultra-musical program dependent attack and release times
  • Compression ratio variable from 1:1 through infinity:1 to negative compression
  • Precision dual RMS LED display monitors input or output and gain reduction over a wide range and calibrates for different operating levels
  • Over 60dB of gain reduction available
  • Exclusive Infinity+ compression allows negative compression
  • Independent balanced and unbalanced outputs can drive 600 loads to +24dBm simultaneously. New floating balanced output stage drives any load
  • Strappable with another 160A for true RMS stereo summing operation

DBX 160A Sound Processing Specifications

Input: Connectors 1/4" TRS and XLR, Floating Balanced; XLR: Pin 2 hot Phone: Tip Hot
Input: Impedance 40k200k
30
Input: Max Level +24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced (Absolute)
+28dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
(Balanced): +24dBm; <0.3% THD
(Unbalanced): +20dBm; <0.3% THD
Input: CMRR >45dB (any Frequency)
Detector Input Connector: 14" TRS phone, Floating Balanced
Noise <-90dBu, Unweighted (20Hz - 20kHz)
Frequency Response 20Hz -20kHz, +0, -0.5dB; +0, -3dB 0.5Hz and 90kHz
THD <0.2%, Typical, any amount of compression up to 40dB @ 1kHz
Output: Connectors XLR, floating balanced; pin 2 hot
1/4" TRS phone, Unbalanced
Output: Impedance 20 ohm
+24dBm
Threshold Range -40dBu to +20dBu
Threshold Characteristic OverEasy or hard knee
Compression Ratio Variable 1:1 to:1 thru to -1:1; >60dB maximum compression
Attack Time Program dependent; typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
Release Time Program Dependent; Typically 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/sec rate
Dynamic Range >113dB
Gain Adjustment Range Variable from -20dB to +20dB
Stereo Coupling True RMS Power summing
Summing 1/4" TRS phone jack
Power Cord IEC-type connector
Operating Voltage DO: 90-130VAC, 50/60Hz; EU: 200-250VAC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.75" x 19" x 6.5" (4.45cm x 48.2cm x 16.51cm)
Weight 4.452 lbs / 1.99 kg
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