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Old 10th June 2003
Lives for gear
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I have a dbx 119 at home.
half a year ago, I had the opportunity to A/B it with a 160VU.
as a result I can say that the compression behaviour is virtually identical.
but you could also tell that the 119 is -10dB unbalanced consumer gear: it lacked transients, punch, and a bit of lo end and high end.

nevertheless, I really really like this box, not only because I'm a gear slut.
it's dirt cheap and has a nice ballsy sonic character (and wooden side panels, of course).
I like it a lot on electric guitars or for radical FX compression on drum loops etc.

there are rumours the 119 has been used extensivley on the last oasis album, but that's totally unconfirmed...

hope that helps.