Item# DBX160ADV
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General Specifications

Dynamic Range >113dB
Threshold Range -40dBu to +20dBu
Threshold Characteristic Selectable OverEasy® or Hard Knee
Compression Ratio Variable 1-1 to ∞-1 thru to -1-1; >60dB Maximum Compression
Attack Time Program-Dependent; Typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
Release Time Program-Dependent; Typically 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/Sec Rate
Stereo Coupling True Power Summing; 1/4” TRS Phone Jack; 160A only
Power Cord IEC-Type Connector
Operating Voltage 100-120VAC or 220-240VAC, 50/60Hz or 120V 60Hz
Operating Temperature 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F)

Audio Specifications

Input (1/4” TRS Phone and XLR) Floating Balanced; XLR - Pin 2 Hot, Phone - Tip Hot
Input Impedance 100kΩ balanced, 50kΩ unbalanced
Input Maximum Level +24dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
Input CMRR >45dB (any frequency)
Detector Input (1/4” TRS Phone) Floating Balanced
Detector Input Impedance 400kΩ balanced, 200kΩ unbalanced
Detector Input Maximum Level +28dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
Output (XLR) Floating Balanced; Pin 2 Hot
Output (XLR) Impedance 30Ω
Output (XLR) Maximum Level (Balanced) + 24dBm; <0.3% THD
Output (XLR) Maximum Level (Unalanced) +20dBm; <0.3% THD
Output (XLR) Noise <-90dBu, Unweighted (20Hz - 20kHz)
Output (XLR) Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz, + 0, -0.5dB; +0, -3dB 0.5Hz and 90kHz
Output (XLR) THD+N <0.2%, Typical, Any Amount of Compression up to 40dB @ 1kHz
Output ( 1/4” TRS Phone, Unbalanced) Impedance 20Ω
Output ( 1/4” TRS Phone, Unbalanced) Maximum Level +24dBm
Gain Adjustment Range Variable from -20dB to +20dB
  • 1 x 160A
  • 1 x AC Power Cord
  • 1 x Operation Manual (including Registration Card)
Since its introduction in the mid 1970's, the dbx 160 series has been the world's most popular line of audio compressors. The 160A single-channel compressor/limiter offers such time-tested features as switchable OverEasy® and hard knee compression, extremely wide threshold ranges, and controls for ratio and output gain. The 160A also includes true RMS level detection, providing the most transparent dynamics processing available–from smooth, subtle compression to “brick wall” peak limiting. Its electronically balanced output stage is an outstanding driver for long cable runs (an output transformer is optional). With its unique “INFINITY +” inverse-compression mode, the 160A actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold. You can even stereo-couple two 160A’s to process a stereo mix without shifting the left/right image. The dbx 160A is truly the standard for dynamics processing.

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