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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Very hard to tell. The vintage is was created as a two-channel version of thewith additional features and controls. Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor.

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. You may also like. Please read our description for complete details.

For all three, this is a one-space-high rackmount unit, with two channels that can be run in stereo 166w separately as dual-mono.

Also shop in Also shop in. This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks. It only operates at line level, it does not work well if you plug a guitar or bass directly into it. But when I regulated the input signal more carefully, and used the gain-reduction LED’s to set the strength of the vbx, the two units sounded almost identical at moderate compression settings.


Pro Audio Power Conditioners. With the original old ‘s, believe it or not, the Chinese ones are more ruggedly-built and heavier. There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation.

If an item is broken during use. The chronological order goes: 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. db

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All of them feature a “Peakstop Limiter”, but unfortunately it’s a terrible peak limiter. Extensive compressor reviews and FAQ. So to get to the point: When receive 1666a item, let us know that everything is OK.

The XS’s transparent sound lends itself pe The controls for each channel of the old include: 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.

dbx 166A 2 Channel Compressor Limiter Fully Tested

Potentially better sound than the XL, and potentially lower noise than the old I haven’t inspected the XS yet. They also have three more switches: There is always a solution to any problem if two parties are willing. Ratings and Reviews Write a review.


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. 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. You may buy these togeth However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner.

dbc The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case. It works great as a distortion effect, though–seriously!

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These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. But the XL is prevalent now, and there is some current interest in the “vintage mojo” of the original The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or another seller’s price.

If there is a need to 166. It also has extra features such as gating, expansion, and peak limiting.