dbx 160A Compressor


dbx 160A Compressor, 1U rackmount, vintage analogue audio

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The 160A is the current version of the classic dbx 160 compressor. The original 160 was a half-width 2U box and the 160X was the first of the 1U mono compressors, a format that continues today with the 160A

The 160 is famous for drum & ambience compression and it’s equally good on bass. It’s definitely a compressor with its own sound so some will love it more than others. I don’t think there’s anyone who hates the 160…

The 160A sounds very similar to the older X and XT. It’s a superb compressor for bass, very usable on vocals particularly to bring out the quality of a voice and, in a stereo pair, great for drum ambience

The 160A is the latest in a long line of 160 models. It’s not particularly flexible or transparent-sounding but, when it hits the spot, it hits it better than pretty much anything else. It’s a VCA compressor with real character and real warmth, which makes it a rare compressor indeed. It makes most other compressors sound boring & sterile

The 160 is one of the few compressors that makes it into my All Time Top Five Compressor list:

1. UREI 1176
3. dbx 160XT
4. SSL 4000E Bus Compressor
5. Valley People Dynamite


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Inputs & outputs are balanced on XLR connectors and jack sockets. Power input is 240 Volt via a standard IEC mains socket. UK or Euro Schuko power cable supplied on request
1U device suitable for standard 19" racks
Product Page http://dbxpro.com/en-US/products/160a Owners manual http://rdn.harmanpro.com/product_documents/documents/721_1324409520/dbx160A%2018-2040V-C_original.pdf Gearslutz review https://www.gearslutz.com/board/reviews/717177-dbx-160a.html

In excellent condition with a tiny bit of rack rash and some marks on the case. Tested & working 100%. Photos show a unit sold previously

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