Find great deals on eBay for DBX in Signal Processors and Rack Effects. Shop with confidence. User review from eladsky about dbx A: All-purpose compressor. dbx , A, and XL: See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product- numbering system. All three of these are built on the same core schematic.

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Personally I don’t think so, unless you can get the for very cheap, or if you already have one.

Show More Show Less. You may buy these togeth Please read our description for complete details. Originally I had only reviewed the “A” version because it seemed at the time some years ago that the A was the one most commonly found on the used market. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions.

In other words, with Contour engaged, the whole signal isn’t compressed as hard when you hit high-strength low notes. The and A are built to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent. As a bass distortion the limiter sounds really good.

One important consideration in this test is that the knobs and the markings around them do not necessarily match up from one unit to the next. Salesbaron is in Los Angeles, DBX Refine Results. It also has extra features such as gating, expansion, and peak limiting. Regular rack wear and scuff marks on top and bottom. Does have a few minor scratches and the power cable has a small frey that has been tap All of them feature a “Peakstop Limiter”, but unfortunately it’s a terrible peak limiter.


For all three, this is a one-space-high 166a unit, with two channels that can be run in stereo or separately as dual-mono. Number of bids and bid amounts may be dbd out of date.

Of course the flip side of all the controls available is that it takes some effort to find the right settings; the oldest one is easier to dial in. The A and XL are also quite versatile, with a wide usable range of tweakability to dial in exactly what you need.

New gate timing algorithms ensure the smooth Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor.

These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. This page was last updated: I have to say “potentially” because there are so many variables that can affect these results, and as I mentioned before, there are some settings where these units all sound pretty much the same.

When receive your item, let us know that everything is OK. Skip to main content. It’s not a night-and-day 166aa, and at some settings you might not be able to hear a difference at all. I was given a bunch of rack gear that I don’t personally need, so hopefully you can find it for a great price. Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor.


DBX 166A Compressor/Limiter

The tone overall is quite clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression. I haven’t inspected the XS yet. The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or cbx seller’s price. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

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We have 3 dbx A, 2 dbx XL, and a Canare 8 channel insert whip. All three models have been made both in the Dxb and in China. Extensive compressor reviews and FAQ. If an item is broken during use. Does what its suppoes to do. This unit has several scuffs and scratches mainly on the top cover.

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See details for description of any imperfections. Less operator training needed over a computer based package. Whenever possible, try before you buy, and pay close attention to what Ebay sellers do and don’t say about the sound and functionality of the unit they are selling. The chronological order goes: Again, the A was closer to the old than to the XL, in this regard.

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See all 4 pre-owned listings. For example, when I set the and the XL to “identical” knob settings, they sounded very different–and the sounded way, way better than the XL!

However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner.

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