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757.498.6118 Ext - 109DBX 162SL - Call for pricing - Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity


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The same familiar striking 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 mark the 162SL as a leader for decades to come. The 162SL 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 162SL offers AutoVelocity™ manual mode, in addition to the classic dbx OverEasy® mode, made standard by the legendary 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 162SL.

The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The dbx 162SL is no different. It features dual proprietary dbx VCA modules. This state-of-the-art implementation of dbx’s original Blackmer decilinear VCA boasts an unheard of dynamic range and ultra-low distortion seen only previously in the Blue 160SLs. With sonic clarity designed for the studio, the 162SL maintains its superior performance in harsh environments, pure enough for the studio, rugged enough for the road was the engineering motto of the Purple Series of Compressors/Limiters. Like its big brother the 160SL, it takes full advantage of the best parts available and dbx’s advanced manufacturing, including Jensen® transformers on each output standard. Following in the footsteps of the Blue Series 160SL, with the Purple Series 162SL, dbx continues to create the most technologically advanced compressors in the world.


  • Super fast manual attack and release
  • High-Drive Jensen® output transformers
  • Hard-knee/OverEasy® switchable
  • Ultra-low distortion compression for unheard of clarity even under extreme gain reduction
  • Program-dependent “Auto,” Patent-pending AutoVelocity™ Manual, or fully variable attack and release modes

Connectors Female XLR and ¼" TRS (Pin 2 and Tip hot)
Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) >50 kΩ / >25 kΩ
Max. Input Level >+24dBu balanced or unbalanced
CMRR >40 dB, typically >55 dB at 1 kHz
Connector Male XLR and ¼" TRS (Pin 2 and Tip hot)
Type Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) 30 Ω / 15 Ω
Max. Output Level >+24 dBu, >+22 dBm (into 600 Ω Load)
Sidechain SEND (Output)
Connector ¼" TRS
Type Impedance balanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) 100 Ω / 50 Ω
Max. Output Level >+22 dBu
Sidechain RETURN (Input)
Connectors ¼" TRS
Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) >40 kΩ / >20 kΩ
Max. Input Level >+22dBu balanced or unbalanced
CMRR >40 dB, typically >55 dB at 1 kHz
System Performance
Bandwidth (+0/-0.1dB) 20 Hz–20 kHz, no gain reduction, unity gain
Frequency Response (+0/-3dB) <2 Hz >200 kHz, no gain reduction, unity gain
Noise (unweighted) <-93 dBu
Dynamic Range >117 dB
THD+Noise @ 1 kHz 0.008% typ. at +4 dBu; 0.02% typ. at +20 dBu
IMD <0.02% SMPTE 4:1, no gain reduction, unity gain, 0dBu input
Deviation from Linear Phase <1.0°, <10 Hz–200 kHz, 30dB of compression
Interchannel Crosstalk (20–20k Hz) <-85 dB
Stereo Coupling True RMS Power Summing™
Threshold Range -40 to +20 dBu
Ratio 1:1 to ∞: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, typ. 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
Auto Release Time Program dependent, typically 120dB/sec
Output Gain -20 to +20 dB
Threshold Range +4 dBu to >+24 dBu (off)
Ratio ∞:1
Limiter Type PeakStopPlus® two-stage limiter
Stage 1 Instantaneous Transient Clamp®
-Attack Time Zero
-Release Time Zero
Stage 2 Intelligent Predictive Limiting®
-Attack Time Program dependent, typically <5 msec
-Release Time Program dependent, typically 22dB/sec
Power Requirements 100-240V 50/60 Hz, 28 Watts
Weight 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 8.89 x 48.3 x 25.4 cm (3.5" x 19.0" x 10.0")
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