DBX 162SL Purple Precision Stereo Compressor-Limiter

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The 162SL will be a leader in signal processing for years to come!
The 162SL is a two channel compressor/limiter that combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, while providing still more versatile performance. In addition to having the auto attack and release and the hard knee threshold characteristics of the dbx 160, the 162SL offers AutoVelocity manual mode in addition to the classic OverEasy mode.
The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The 162SL features dual proprietary dbx VCA modules, an implementation of dbx's original Blackmer decilinear VCA that boasts stellar dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. With sonic clarity designed for the studio, the unit maintains its superior performance in harsh environments, such as on the road.
The 162SL takes full advantage of the best parts available and dbx's advanced manufacturing, including Jensen transformers on each output standard. The front panel is machined from 1/4" aircraft aluminum and the unit sports handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and a heavy gauge chassis.
  • Ultra-low distortion dual channel compression with superb clarity even under extreme gain reduction
  • Super fast manual attack and release
  • Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity Manual, or fully variable attack and release modes
  • Hard-knee/OverEasy switchable
  • Sidechain capabilities, switchable from the front panel
  • High-Drive Jensen output transformers
  • Gold-palladium-nickel board-to-board connectors
  • Rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment
  • Custom-machined, 1/4" thick front panel with hand-crafted, solid aluminum knobs
  • Custom dbx VU meters with peak indicators
  • Function: Compressor/limiter
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs 
    • 2 x XLR
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS Insert Return
  • Outputs 
    • 2 x XLR
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS Insert Send
  • Maximum Input Level: >+24dBu balanced and unbalanced
  • Compression Threshold: -40 to +20dBu
  • Compression Ratio: 1:1 to infinity:1
  • Attack Time
    • Manual: Scalable program-dependent, typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
    • Auto: Program dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
  • Release Time
    • Manual: Scalable program-dependent, typically 400dB/msec to 10dB/msec
    • Auto: Program dependent, typically 120dB/sec.
  • Gate Threshold: Not applicable
  • Gate Rate: Not applicable
  • Maximum Output Level: >+24dBu, >+22dBm (into 600Ω load)
  • Make-up Gain: -20 to +20dB
  • Frequency Response: <2Hz to >200kHz +0/-3.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
  • Dynamic Range: >117dB
  • Noise: <-93dBu, unweighted, 20Hz to 20kHz measurement bandwidth
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 19" x 10" x 3 1/2"
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs
  • Specialties: PeakStopPlus two-stage limiter