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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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dbx A 2 Channel Compressor Limiter Fully Tested | eBay

But before you go rushing out to buy an oldremember that these units are often noisy; they used opamps that were not as good as what’s available today, and the components have deteriorated with age. So to get to the point: Tested and works perfe The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case.

Regular rack wear and scuff marks on top and bottom. Salesbaron is in Los Angeles, Does have a few minor scratches and the power cable has a small frey that has been tap All three of these are built on the same core schematic, essentially the same circuit, just with different controls and different specific components used.

It works great as a distortion effect, though–seriously! The I have is somewhat noisy, especially on one of the channels, yet the A and XL are noiseless.

It also has extra features such as gating, expansion, and peak limiting. I haven’t inspected the XS yet. But the XL is prevalent now, and there is some current interest dnx the “vintage mojo” of the original I was given a bunch of rack gear that I don’t personally need, so hopefully you can find it for a great price.

The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or another seller’s price. You may buy these togeth This unit has several scuffs and scratches mainly on the top cover.

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. Even the A model is pretty old by now, and 166 need refurbishing in some cases.


The A and XL are also quite versatile, with a wide usable range of tweakability to dial in exactly what you need. You may also like. Between the older two, it’s even closer–sometimes I could swear I heard a difference, and other times I thought they sounded the same.

There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation. The and A are built 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.

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 output gain and bypass switch. This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks.

This page was last updated: As a bass distortion the limiter sounds really good. Last 1666a Free shipping. See Pix, ask for more if neeed and inquire any questions. I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know 166z you have any questions.

All-purpose compressor – Reviews dbx A – Audiofanzine

I have to say “potentially” because there are so many variables that can affect these results, and as I mentioned 1666a, there are some settings where these units all sound pretty much the same. See details for description of any imperfections. There is always a solution to any problem if two parties are willing. What does this price mean?

The tone overall is quite clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression. With the later A and XL models, the only way to tell the difference is by looking at the words printed on the back panel. The “off” amount and percentage simply signifies the 166 difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller’s price on eBay.


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. When receive your item, let us know that everything is OK. One important consideration in this test is that the knobs and the markings around them do not necessarily match up from one unit to the next.

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 16a6, they are clearly the way to go if choosing among the comparable equipment. 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.

The XS’s transparent sound lends itself pe For this reason, I recommend the model A as the one to buy. This DBX A has been tested and it is functioning properly. bdx

DBX 166A Compressor/Limiter

For example, when I set the and the XL to “identical” knob settings, they 166q very different–and the sounded way, way better than the XL! The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. It’s a good feature to have available though. All of them feature a “Peakstop Limiter”, but unfortunately it’s a terrible peak limiter. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.