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DBX 160SL Blue Series Compressor Limiter


DBX 160SL Blues Series Compressor Limiter

Since its inception the 160S has become the mark for which other compressors reach. As the leader in VCA and compressor design and engineering, we at dbx are always seeking to improve our products and give you the best possible compression solutions. With the newly improved 160SL, we introduce the patent-pending AutoVelocity technology. With AutoVelocity it is now easier than ever to dial up the exact attack and release effect you are looking for, via the program-dependent, or non program dependent manual mode. Still on board is the venerable dbx Auto mode. Now you can set your maximum preferred settings in manual mode, and let the 160SL do the rest for you, depending on your program material.


  • Patent-pending AutoVelocity circuit
  • 127dB of Dynamic Range
  • High-Drive output transformer circuit drives 1000 ft. of Belden® cable at +30dBu with only .007% THD
  • Switchable between Hard-knee and OverEasy Compression
  • Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity or fully variable attack ad release manual modes


  • Connectors: Female XLR Pin 2 hot, pin 1 lift switch
  • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance: Balanced > 20 k ohm, unbalanced > 10 k ohm
  • Maximum Input Level: >+30dBu balanced, > +26dBu unbalanced
  • CMRR: >100dB 20 Hz to 200 Hz, >80dB 200 Hz to 2 kHz, >60dB 2 kHz to 20 kHz
  • Connectors: Male XLR Pin 2 hot
  • Type: Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance: Balanced 50ohm, unbalanced 25ohm
  • Maximum Output Level: Bal >+30dBm (into 600 ohm)
  • Unbalanced (with UNBAL switch engaged) >+24dBm (into 600 ohm)
  • Connector: Male XLR Pin 2 hot
  • Type: Unbuffered, hard-wired to INPUT, RF filtered
  • Connector: Female XLR Pin 2 hot
  • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance: Balanced >20 k ohm, unbalanced >10k ohm
  • Maximum Input Level: >+30dBu balanced or unbalanced
  • Threshold Range: -40 to +30dBu
  • Ratio: 1:1 to 4:1
  • Threshold Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
  • Attack/Release Modes: Selectable Manual or Auto
  • Manual Attack Time: Scalable program-dependent. Typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
  • Manual Release Time: Scalable program-dependent. Typically 4000dB/sec to 10dB/sec
  • Auto Attack Time: Program-dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
  • Auto Release Time: Program-dependent, typically 120dB/sec
  • Output Gain: -20 to +20dB
  • Threshold Range: +4dBu to >+30dBu (off)
  • Ratio: 4:1
  • Limiter Type: PeakStopPlus® two-stage limiter
  • Stage 1: Instantaneous Transient Clamp
  • Attack Time: Zero
  • ReleaseTime: Zero
  • Stage 2: Intelligent Predictive Limiting
  • Attack Time: Program dependent, typically <5 msec.
  • Release Time: Program dependent, typically 22dB/sec
  • Dimensions: 3.5” H X 19” W X 11.25” D
  • Weight: 20.5 lbs (9.3 kg)
  • Shipping Weight: 25.0 lbs (11.3 kg)
  • Note: 0 dBu = 0.775V RMS

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