DBX 160A


The dbx® 160A's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real lifesaver for correcting overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway house mix levels. A detector input can be used with an equalizer for de-essing sibilant vocals and selectively smoothing out boomy notes on acoustic guitar and bass. And two 160As can be stereo-coupled to process an entire mix or instruments mic'd in stereo, without shifting the left/right image. Its musical sound, easy operation and unequaled versatility made the original dbx® 160 a world standard. The 160A follows that tradition, while meeting the challenges of a digital world.ent in the mix, or overall characteristics of 4 independent signals or control the gain leveling on a couple of stereo pairs, the dbx 160A is for you.


  • Input Connectors :- 1/4" TRS and XLR, Floating Balanced; XLR: Pin 2 hot Phone: Tip Hot
  • Input Impedance :- 40k
  • Max Input :- +24dBu, Balanced or Unabalanced (Absolute)
  • CMRR :- >45dB (any Frequency)
  • Detector Input Connector :- 14" TRS phone, Floating Balanced
  • Detector Input Impedance :- >200k
  • Detector Input Max Level :- +28dBu, Balanced or Unbalanced
  • Output Connectors :- 1/4" TRS phone, Unbalanced; XLR, floating balanced; pin 2 hot
  • Output Impedance :- Balanced 200 ohm, unbalanced 100 ohm
  • Max Output (Balanced) :- +24dBm; <0.3% THD; (Unbalanced): +20dBm; <0.3% THD
  • Noise :- <-90dBu, Unweighted (20Hz - 20kHz)
  • Frequency Response :- 20Hz -20kHz, +0, -0.5dB; +0, -3dB 0.5Hz and 90kHz.
  • THD :- <0.2%, Typical, any amount of compression up to 40dB @ 1kHz
  • Compressor Threshold Range :- -40dBu to +20dBu
  • Compressor Threshold Characteristic :- OverEasy® or hard knee
  • Compressor Ratio :- Variable 1:1 to :1 thru to -1:1; >60dB maximum compression
  • Compressor Attack Time :- Program dependent; typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
  • Compressor Release Time :-Program Dependent; Typically 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/sec rate
  • Dynamic Range :- >113dB
  • Gain Adjustment Range :- Variable from -20dB to +20dB
  • Stereo Coupling :- True RMS Power summing
  • Summing :- 1/4" TRS phone jack
  • Operating Voltage :- DO: 90-130VAC, 50/60Hz; EU: 200-250VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Power Connector :- IEC receptacle