Find great deals on eBay for DBX in Signal Processors and Rack Effects. Shop with confidence. User review from eladsky about dbx A: All-purpose compressor. dbx , A, and XL: See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product- numbering system. All three of these are built on the same core schematic.

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New gate timing algorithms ensure the xbx So to get to the point: This is the price excluding shipping and handling fees a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent past. The “off” amount and percentage simply signifies the calculated difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller’s price on eBay.

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It’s true of all dbx units that they dull the highs when compressing heavily, but I’d say the older one does that much less than the new one. Copying is prohibited, but please feel free to link to this page using the link text “compressor reviews”. In other words, with Contour engaged, the whole signal isn’t compressed as hard when you hit high-strength low notes.

The and A are 166z to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent. Does what its suppoes to do. Klark Teknik kt Classic Fet-style Compressor. There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation.

For example, when I set the and the XL to “identical” knob settings, they sounded very different–and the sounded way, way better than the XL! The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational 616a functions as intended.


The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. What does this price mean? All three models are a very good value for the money with their punchy clean sound, low noise in the more recent onesruggedness, and versatility–just don’t pay too much for them. The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or another seller’s price. For this reason, I recommend the model A as the one to buy. When receive your item, let us know that everything is OK.

Personally I don’t think so, unless you can get the for very cheap, or if you already have one. 166 also has extra features such as gating, expansion, and peak limiting. Does have a few minor scratches and the power cable has a small frey that has been tap It works great fbx a distortion effect, though–seriously! Originally I had only reviewed the “A” version because it seemed at the time some years ago that the A was the one most commonly found on the used market.

I haven’t inspected the XS yet.

See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product-numbering system. People who bought this also bought. It’s a good feature to have available though. See Pix, ask for more if neeed and inquire any questions. The I have is somewhat noisy, especially on one of ddbx channels, yet the A and XL are noiseless. The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case.

DBX 166A Compressor/Limiter

But when I regulated the input signal more carefully, and used the gain-reduction LED’s to set the strength of the compression, the two units sounded almost identical at moderate compression settings. Of course the flip side of all the controls available is that it takes some effort to find the right settings; the oldest one is easier to dial in. While the buttons do not light up on the “A” model, that is a minor inconvenience If your audio requirements are not overly sophisticated and have the room to rack mount these, they are clearly the way to go if choosing among the comparable equipment.


Skip to main content. The A and XL models have threshold, release time, and a sidechain switch for the gate; threshold, ratio, attack, and release knobs; threshold for the limiter; and dbz gain and bypass switch.

It’s not a night-and-day difference, and at some settings you might not be able to hear a difference at all. The XS’s transparent sound lends itself pe This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used.

It sounded much fuller and more “open” when compressing strongly, while the XL sounded more dull and choked. This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks. With the original old ‘s, believe it or not, the Chinese ones are more ruggedly-built and heavier. I love the “A” version even though it is an older model than the slightly more sophisticated “XL”, there are two features I enjoy over the newer version Great Condition.

Regular rack wear and scuff marks on top and bottom. Show More Show Less. See each listing for international shipping options and costs. The A and XL are also quite versatile, with a wide usable range of tweakability to dial in exactly what you need.

Each channel feature a Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold and ratio, and limiter threshold. Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor. Ratings and Reviews Write a review. Less operator training needed over a computer based package.