dbx 160A Compressor #55


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

Out of stock

Email me when in stock


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

Photos show a 160A sold previously

Inputs & outputs are balanced on XLR connectors and jack sockets. Power input is 220 Volt via 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


Gearslutz review



In good, used condition with minor rack rash and case marks. Tested & working 100%. Photos show a dbx 160A sold previously

You may also like…