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dbx 166XS

2 Ch Compressor / Gate / Limiter

Order Code: 166XS
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Our Price: $294.00

Professional and dependable live, installed or studio tool - at a tiny price. Includes program-adaptive expander / gate, auto attack and release compressor (or dial it in yourself). Advanced applications are easy, with sidechain functionality, and the ability to use either hard knee or 'OverEasy' compression algorithms.

Includes PeakStop limiter for total control. Balanced XLR I/O, 1U. Go even more cost-effective: ditch the limiter, and choose 266XS

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  • 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
Input Connectors 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Input Impedance >50kΩ balanced, >25kΩ unbalanced
Max Input >+24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
Input Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Sidechain 1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); tip = Input (return)
Sidechain Impedance Tip = >10kΩ (Input), Ring = 2kΩ (Output)
Sidechain Max Input Level >+20dBu (tip/input); >+20dBu (ring/output)
Output Connectors 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
Output Impedance 120Ω balanced, >60Ω unbalanced
Max Output +21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2kΩ or greater; >+18 dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600Ω)
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+Noise Typically <0.04%; Any Amount of Compression Up to 40dB@1kHz
IMD Typically <0.08% SMPTE @ +10dBu (15dB Gain reduction)
Compressor Threshold Range -40dBu to +20dBu
Compressor Threshold Characteristic Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
Compressor Ratio Variable; 1:1 to Infinity:1; 60dB Maximum Compression
Compressor Attack Time Variable program-dependent; 3ms to 340ms for 15dB gain reduction
Compressor Release Time Variable program-dependent; 200dB/Sec to 3dB/Sec
Expander/Gate Threshold Range OFF to +15dBu
Expander/Gate Ratio 10:1
Expander/Gate Max Depth >60dB
Expander/Gate Attack Time <500µs (from Maximum Depth)
Expander/Gate Release Time Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation)
Limiter Threshold Range 0dBu to +20dBu
CMRR >40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
Interchannel Crosstalk <-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range >115 dB, unweighted
Stereo Coupling True RMS Power Summing™
Power Consumption 15 Watts Maximum
Operating Temperature 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
Dimensions 1.75" x 19" x 6.75" (4.45 cm x 48.2 cm x 17.15 cm)
Unit Weight 5.05 lb (2.29 kg)
Shipping Weight 7.20 lb (3.27 kg)
Reference 0dBu = 0.775Vrms
Operating Voltage 100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz