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dbx 160A

Classic Single Channel Compressor/Limiter

Product Code: 3002

Retail Price: $649.95



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Since its introduction in the mid 1970’s, the dbx 160 series has been the world’s most popular line of audio compressors. After the classic 160 (which is still used daily in many world class studios), came the 165, the 160X and the 160XT. The 160X/XT were the models that truly became the industry standard. Solid construction, fool proof operation, great sound, at-a-glance metering and a bulletproof output stage all contributed to its popularity with musicians, recording studios, consultants and installers, and broadcast media production people alike.
In Depth

Flat: 20Hz-20kHz, +0, -0.5dB

Bandwidth: 0.35Hz-80kHz, +0, -3dB

Input impedance: 40k Balanced/Unbalanced

Max Level: +22dBu


Impedance: Balanced

+4dBu: Balanced: 200

Unbalanced: 100

-10dBV: Balanced: 1.5k

Unbalanced: 750

Max Level: +21dBu into 600


Input Impedance: >10k

Output Impedance: <2k

Max Level: +21dBu

Distortion + Noise: <0.2% any amount of

compression at 1kHz

Intermodulation Distortion:

<0.2% SMPTE

Noise: <-93dBu unweighted

Dynamic Range:

>114dB, unweighted

Crosstalk: <-93dB @ 1kHz

Common Mode Rejection:

>40dB (Any Frequency)

Stereo Coupling:

True RMS Power Summing

Threshold Characteristics:

Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee

Exp/Gate: Program Dependent Threshold

Compressor: -40 to +20dB

Expander/Gate: -60 to + 10 dB

Ratio: Compressor: 1:1 to :1

Expander/Gate 1:1 to 4:1

Attack Time:

Compressor: Scalable Program Dependent

Expander/Gate: <100 µsec

Release Time:

Compressor: Scalable Program Dependent

Expander/Gate: Program Dependent

Power Requirements:

15watts, 100 VAC 50/60 Hz, 120 VAC 60 Hz, 230 VAC 50/60 Hz


(H x W x D) 1.75"x5.75"x19" (4.45cm x14.6cm x 48.5cm)

WEIGHT: Net Weight: 5 lbs. (2.3 kg);

Shipping Weight: 7 lbs. (3.2 kg)
Item Number: dbx 160A [DBX 160AD]    3002 3-3
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