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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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. All three of these are built on the same core schematic, essentially the same circuit, just with different controls and different specific components used.

Ratings and Reviews Write a review. The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or another seller’s price. The A and XL are also quite versatile, with a wide usable range of tweakability to dial in exactly what you need.

It’s true of all dbx units dx they dull the highs when compressing heavily, but I’d say the older one does that much less than the new one. Using it to compress electronic drum kit – works great. Dhx “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.

dbx 166A 2 Channel Compressor Limiter Fully Tested

So to get to the point: I haven’t inspected the XS yet. If an item is broken during use. What does this price mean? It also has extra features such as dbc, expansion, and peak limiting. You may buy these togeth Salesbaron is in Los Angeles, As a bass distortion the limiter sounds really good. 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.

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.


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All-purpose compressor – Reviews dbx A – Audiofanzine

This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. 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. 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.

This is the price excluding shipping and handling fees a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent past. Also shop in Also shop in.

The and A are built to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent. The tone overall is cbx clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. Even the 166a model is pretty old by now, and may need refurbishing in some cases. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions.

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: For this reason, I recommend the model A as the one to buy.

This page was last updated: With the later A and XL models, the only way to tell the difference is 616a looking at the words printed on the back panel.

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This item doesn’t belong on this page. Less operator training needed over a computer based package. It sounded much fuller and more “open” when compressing strongly, while the XL sounded more dull and choked.

See all 4 pre-owned listings. The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case.


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All three models have been made both in the USA and in China. I have to say “potentially” because there are so many variables that can affect these results, and dvx I mentioned before, there are some settings where these units all sound pretty much the same. They also have three more dgx Maybe it comes down to different settings, or maybe it’s just placebo effect.

Extensive compressor reviews and FAQ. The is 8″ deep front-to-back, while the A and XL are 6″ deep. However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner.

Again, the A was closer to the old than to the XL, in this regard. We have 3 dbx A, 2 dbx XL, and a Canare 8 channel insert whip. It works great as a distortion effect, though–seriously! Very hard to tell. You may also like.

I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways. There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation.

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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. It can sound equally good or bad either way, depending on your usage and tastes, so not everyone will want to use the Contour switch.

Potentially better sound than the XL, and potentially lower noise than the old These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions.