DBX 266xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate

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About DBX 266xs Sound Processing

The dbx 266xs is a dual channel compressor/limiter/gate that when added to a live sound rig or studio gives you more dynamic control to help creating 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.

The 266xs 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 266xs Sound Processing 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 266xs Sound Processing Specifications

Input: Connectors
1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Input: Type
Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input: Impedance
40k ohm balanced, 20k ohm unbalanced
Max Input Level
>+22dBu Balanced or Unbalanced
Output: Connectors
1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Output: Type
Impedance-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Output: Impedance (+4dBu)
100 ohm balanced, 50 ohm unbalanced
Output: Impedance (-10dBu)
1k ohm balanced, 500 ohm unbalanced
Max Output Level
>+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2k ohm or greater+18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600 ohm)
Sidechain Insert: Connector
1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
Sidechain Insert: Impedance
Tip = >10k ohm (Input), Ring = 2k ohm (Output)
Sidechain Insert: Max Level
Tip = >+22dBu (Input), Ring = >+20dBu (Output)
Compressor: Threshold Range
-40dBu to +20dBu
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic
Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Ratio
1:1 to Infinity:1
Compressor: Attack Time
Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
Compressor: Release Time
Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
Expander/Gate: Threshold Range
-60dBu to +15dBu
Expander/Gate: Expansion Ratio
1:1 to 4:1
Expander/Gate: Attack Time
<100 microsec
Expander/Gate: Release Time
0.35Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3dB
Frequency Response (Flat)
20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB
<-93dBu, unweighted (22kHz measurement bandwidth)
<0.2%; Any Amount of Compression @1kHz
Intermodulation Distortion
<0.2% SMPTE
Dynamic Range
>114dB, unweighted
Interchannel Crosstalk
<-95dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
>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 Deg.C to 45 Deg.C (32 Deg.F to 113 Deg.F)
Dimensions (H x D x W)
1.75" x 5.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.26 cm )
4.84 lbs (2.19 kg)
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