Dbx 160A
DBX 160A

DBX 160A

4.65 4.65 (2 Reviews)
VCA compressor/ limiter
Dbx 160A
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Published by Salvation on 6th April 2012
User Review
Sound Quality
5 out of 5
Ease of use
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Bang for buck
5 out of 5
Overall: 4.75 4.75
Dbx 160A

The 160A is by far one of the best and most used compressors around. For me it is the "Go To" compressor in a mix session for kick and snare. I also use it during tracking sessions on vocals and bass very often.

I currently own one 160A and one 160X. To me the 160A is the exact same as the classic 160x, minus the fact that the newer 160A has and additional xlr input and output as opposed to only having the 1/4 inch on the older 160X.

I highly recommend this compressor both for the seasoned pro (although they probably already know and / or have some) and for the new budding engineer. These compressors have been one of the best buys of my audio life. I am always looking for more of these puppies!

The specs are as follows:


Connector:1/4" TRS and XLR, Floating Balanced; XLR: Pin 2 hot Phone: Tip Hot

Impedance: 40k

Maximum Level:+24dBu, Balanced or Unabalanced (Absolute)

CMRR:>45dB (any Frequency)

Detector Input:Connector: 14" TRS phone, Floating Balanced


Maximum Level:+28dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced

Output Connector:XLR, floating balanced; pin 2 hot


Maximum Level:(Balanced): +24dBm; <0.3% THD

Maximum Level:(Unbalanced): +20dBm; <0.3% THD

Noise:<-90dBu, Unweighted (20Hz - 20kHz)

Frequency Response: 20Hz -20kHz, +0,
-0.5dB; +0, -3dB 0.5Hz and 90kHz.

THD:<0.2%, Typical, any amount of compression up to 40dB @ 1kHz

Connector:1/4" TRS phone, Unbalanced

Impedance:20 ohm


Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu

Threshold Characteristic: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

Dynamic Range: >113dB

Gain Adjustment Range:Variable from -20dB to +20dB

Stereo Coupling:True RMS Power summing

Summing:1/4" TRS phone jack

Power Cord: IEC-type connector

Operating Voltage:DO: 90-130VAC, 50/60Hz; EU: 200-250VAC, 50/60Hz

Dimensions:1.75" x 19" x 6.5" (4.45cm x 48.2cm x 16.51cm)
By chazhurst on 23rd April 2014
User review
Sound Quality
4 out of 5
Ease of use
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Bang for buck
5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 4.5
I have a pair of 160A s that I use for stereo processing, by enabling the slave link, or as single channel inserts on their own for individual instruments.

While they might not be as feature laden as say a Distressor, I do think they sound great and have a very cool distinctive character.

With just seven function controls on the front and the long LED meters they are incredibly easy to use, and can be set easily to be more or less aggressive on your source material.

If I were to buy more hardware compressors I would probably go for something with a few more advanced features, but these would still have a solid place in my rack, as the utility and sound they provide will quite likely always be of use.
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