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Old 7th September 2018
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Originally Posted by 127Riot View Post
I own 6 pairs of Dbx 160 Comps in various versions.

They are great and very usable on all kinds of acoustically recorded music. Each version has a different kind of thing going on, yet they all have that Dbx Charm.

Pair of Dbx 160VU Comps - Full & Dimensional
Pair of Dbx 160XT Comps - Dirty & Crunchy
Pair of Dbx 160A Comps - Clean & Round

I like the 160XT Comps on distorting guitars.

It would not surprise me if many of the guitars in the era/style mentioned had the 160's on them.
Interesting observations. I know the VU's well but don't have any because I don't like them. I have at least one pair of all 4 descendants (x, xt, a, and 560a) and I find them far more alike than different, aside from age-related deterioration issues. Maybe I can't discern the more subtle distinctions because I don't have the ears. And maybe it's just my particular units, but I wouldn't call xt's dirty and crunchy.

I think all of mine behave about the same on overdriven amps. If the amp's really overdriven, I don't see the point of more compression unless it's on a distant mic, pushing up the ringouts.