DBX Purple Series 162SL Stereo Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity

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About DBX 162SL Sound Processing

The 162SL is a two channel compressor/limiter that combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, while providing still more versatile performance. In addition to having the auto attack and release and the hard knee threshold characteristics of the dbx 160, the 162SL offers AutoVelocity manual mode in addition to the classic OverEasy mode. The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The 162SL features dual proprietary dbx VCA modules, an implementation of dbx's original Blackmer decilinear VCA that boasts stellar dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. With sonic clarity designed for the studio, the unit maintains its superior performance in harsh environments, such as on the road.

The 162SL takes full advantage of the best parts available and dbx's advanced manufacturing, including Jensen transformers on each output standard. The front panel is machined from 1/4" aircraft aluminum and the unit sports handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and a heavy gauge chassis.

DBX 162SL Sound Processing Features

  • Ultra-low distortion dual channel compression with superb clarity even under extreme gain reduction
  • Super fast manual attack and release
  • Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity Manual, or fully variable attack and release modes
  • Hard-knee/OverEasy switchable
  • Sidechain capabilities, switchable from the front panel
  • High-Drive Jensen output transformers
  • Gold-palladium-nickel board-to-board connectors
  • Rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment
  • Custom-machined, 1/4" thick front panel with hand-crafted, solid aluminum knobs
  • Custom dbx VU meters with peak indicators

DBX 162SL Sound Processing Specifications

Input: Connectors
XLR, 1/4" Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input: Max Level
24dBu balanced
Input: Bandwidth
>200 kHz
Output: Connectors
XLR, 1/4" transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered Output Drive Capacity24dBm
Output: Bandwidth
Dynamic Range
Head Room
20dB reference = +4dBu
Signal to Noise
96dB, reference = +4dBu
<0/008% at +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
Frequency Response
+0/-3 dB 2Hz - 200kHz +0/-0.1dB 20Hz - 20kHz
Deviation from Linear Phase
<1 degree 20Hz - 20kHz
Compressor: Threshold range
-40 to +30dBu
Compressor: Ratio
1:1 to infinity:1
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic
Selectable, OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Attack/Release
Selectable manual or auto
Limiter: Threshold range
+4 to +24 dBu (off)
Limiter: Ratio
Limiter: Type
PeakStopPlus 2 stage limiter
Dimensions (W x D x H)
19" x 10" x 3-1/2" (48.2 x 25.4 x 8.89 cm)
11.2 lbs (5.08 kg)
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