DBX 160SL Blue Precision Stereo Compressor-Limiter

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The standard in professional compression.
The 160SL from dbx is a dual mono/stereo compressor/limiter that strives for excellence not only in performance, but also in construction. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules that deliver 127dB of dynamic range with ultra-low distortion.
The unit features Auto, AutoVelocity and full manual mode for setting up the processor. This allows the user to set maximum preferred settings in manual mode and let the 160SL do the rest, depending on the program material. In addition to having the auto attack and release mode, the compressor retains the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160.
The compressor has a machined 1/4" aircraft aluminum front panel, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and is housed in a heavy gauge chassis. Additionally, the electronics of the unit take full advantage of today's technologically superior components and deliver a sonically advanced processor.
  • Dual channel compressor/limiter with dbx V8 VCA module that exhibits a dynamic range of 127dB with extremely low distortion
  • The VCA is encased in a specially-designed zinc-aluminum housing for shielding and thermal protection. This allows for peak performance of the VCA in any environment
  • Feature AutoVelocity circuit that provides program dependent Auto mode or fully variable attack and release
  • Switchable between hard-knee and OverEasy compression
  • Jensen transformers
  • Gold-palladium-nickel board-to-board connectors and rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts, in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment
  • Double-shielded Toroid transformer ensures no self-generated power supply noise enters the audio path
  • PeakStop/PeakStopPlus switchable limiting topologies
  • Sidechain capabilities, switchable from the front panel
  • Function: Compressor/Limiter
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs 
    • 2 x XLR Input
    • 2 x XLR Sidechain Return
  • Outputs 
    • 2 x XLR Output
    • 2 x XLR Sidechain Send
  • Maximum Input Level: +30dBu balanced
  • Compression Threshold: -40dBu to +30dBu
  • Compression Ratio: 1:1 to Infinity:1
  • Attack Time: 400dB/mS to 1dB/mS
  • Release Time: 4000dB/Sec to 10dB/Sec
  • Gate Threshold: Not applicable
  • Gate Rate: Not applicable
  • Maximum Output Level: 26dB
  • Make-up Gain: -20dB to +20dB
  • Frequency Response: 2Hz to 200kHz, +0/-3.0dB
  • Dynamic Range: >122dB
  • Noise: 96dB
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 19" x 8" x 3 1/2" (483 x 203 x 88 mm)
  • Specialties: PeakStopPlus 2-stage limiter with +4dBu to +30dBu threshold