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dbx 166XS

Dual Compressor Limiter Gate w/ Sidechain and Auto Mode

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Product Description

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 we 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 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 Specifications

INPUTS

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

OUTPUTS

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

SIDECHAIN INSERT

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

COMPRESSION

Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu
Threshold
Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compression Ratio: Variable; 1:1 to Infinity 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

EXPANDER/GATE

Threshold Range: OFF to +15dBu
Expansion Ratio: 10:1
Maximum Depth: >60dB
Attack Time: <500ms (from Maximum Depth)
Release Time: Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation)

PEAKSTOP LIMITER

Threshold Range 0dBu to +20dBu

SYSTEM

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

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)

PHYSICAL

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

Warranty Information

Our ONE WITH EVERYTHING ZEN WARRANTY adds a full year to the standard manufacturer warranty at no charge, see our ZEN WARRANTY page for details.

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