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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The tone overall is quite clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression. Even the A model is pretty old by now, and may need refurbishing in some cases.

With the original old ‘s, believe it or not, the Chinese ones are more ruggedly-built and heavier. Does dbd its suppoes to do. Each channel feature a Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold and ratio, and limiter threshold. All three models have been made both in the USA and in China. Also shop in Also shop in. 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.

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See Pix, ask for more if neeed and inquire any questions. I was given a bunch of rack gear that I don’t personally need, so hopefully you can find it for a great price. Regular rack wear and scuff marks on top and bottom. 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. For all three, this is a one-space-high rackmount unit, with two channels that can be run in stereo or separately as dual-mono.


The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. 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.

The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case. New gate timing algorithms ensure the smooth Salesbaron is in Los Angeles, For this reason, I recommend the model A as the one to buy. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

So to get to the point: However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner. Skip to main content.

dbx 166A 2 Channel Compressor Limiter Fully Tested

Browse Related Browse Related. Extensive compressor reviews and FAQ. 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.

If an item is broken during use. Does have a few minor scratches and the power cable has a small frey that has been tap Again, the A was closer to the old than to the XL, in this regard. They also have three more switches: Last one Free shipping. DBX Refine Results. Pro Audio Power Conditioners.

It also has extra features such as gating, expansion, and peak limiting. Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor. Copying is prohibited, but please feel free to link to this page using the link text “compressor reviews”. It works great as a distortion effect, though–seriously! 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.


Skip to main content. I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways. We have 3 dbx A, 2 dbx XL, and a Canare 8 channel insert whip. 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. When receive your item, let us know that everything is OK.

Potentially better sound than the XL, and potentially lower noise than the old See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product-numbering system. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.

The I have is somewhat noisy, especially on one of the channels, yet the A and XL are noiseless. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. 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 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: