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757.498.6118 Ext - 109DBX 160SL - Call for pricing - Stereo Compressor/Limiter


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Since its inception the 160S has become the mark for which other compressors reach. As the leader in VCA and compressor design and engineering, dbx is always seeking to improve their products and give you the best possible compression solutions. With the newly improved 160SL, they 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.

The same striking blue front panel machined from ¼" aircraft aluminum, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators, and heavy gauge chassis still mark the 160SL as the leader for decades to come. The 160SL combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, past and present, and gives you more versatile performance than ever before. In addition to having the auto attack and release as well as the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160, the 160SL now offers AutoVelocity manual mode, in addition to the classic OverEasy® mode, made standard by the classic dbx 165A. And speaking of the 165A, all of its features, including variable attack and release controls, as well as dbx’s latest limiting algorithm PeakStopPlus, are included in the 160SL.

The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The dbx 160SL is no different. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules. This state-of-the-art implementation of dbx’s original Blackmer decilinear VCA boasts an unheard-of 127dB dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. Encased in a specially designed aluminum-zinc housing for shielding and thermal characteristics, the V8 maintains its superior performance in harsh environments. The new 160S takes full advantage of the most technologically superior components available today. Premium active electronics, precision 0.1% and 1% metal film resistors, great sounding temperature stable polypropylene capacitors, high-reliability board-to-board connectors with gold-palladium-nickel contacts, Jensen® transformers, gold plated Neutrik® XLRs, rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment, military grade glass epoxy circuit boards, to mention a few, contribute to the most technologically advanced compressor in the world.


  • 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 and release manual modes

Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input CMRR >100 dB at 60 Hz
Max. Input Level 30 dBu balanced
Bandwidth >200 kHz
Dynamic Range >127 dB
THD+Noise <0.007%
Bandwidth >200 kHz
Type Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Ouput Drive Capability >30 dBm
Output Stage THD Unmeasurable
Earth Potential Isolation >200 VDC
Output CMRR >110 dB
Bandwidth >200 kHz
System Performance
Dynamic Range >122 dB
Head Room (+4dBu) 26 dB
Signal-to-Noise (+4dBu) 96 dB
THD+Noise @ 1 kHz <0.008% at +4 dBu, unity gain
Frequency Response (+0/-3dB) 2 Hz 200 kHz
Bandwitdh (+0/-0.1dB) 20 Hz 20 kHz
Deviation from Linear Phase (20–20k Hz) <1°
Power Supply Rails ±24 V low noise regulated supply
Power Transformer 60 VA toroidal in >20 dB mu-metal enclosure
Threshold Range -40 to +30 dBu
Ratio 1:1 to ∞:1
Threshold Characteristic Selectable, Overeasy™ or hard knee
Attack/Release Selectable manual or auto
Threshold Range +4 to +30 dBu (off)
Ratio ∞:1
Limiter Type PeakStopPlus® 2 stage limiter
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