dbx 160A Compressor, stereo pair, close serials, set #34


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

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Pair of dbx 160A compressors with close serial numbers, set #34. Photos show a pair sold previously – images of the compressors for sale to follow

These are in very good condition with a little rack rash and some case marks. Pots & switches have been cleaned & metering aligned. This pair tracks very well in stereo, whether linked on unlinked, and will come with a stereo link cable. This is a tough-sounding pair of 160As, one of the best I’ve had. Tested & working 100%. UK or Euro Schuko power cables supplied on request

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 (in XT form)  is one of the few compressors that makes it into my newly-revised Compressor Top Ten

  1. UREI 1176
  2. UREI LA-2A
  3. dbx 160XT
  4. SSL 4000E Bus Compressor
  5. Fatso EL7X
  6. Distressor EL8X
  7. Valley People Dynamite
  8. Gain Brain
  9. dbx 163X
  10. FMR Really Nice Compressor

Inputs & outputs are balanced on XLR connectors and jack sockets. Power input is 220 Volt via standard IEC power socket. UK or Euro Schuko power cables supplied on request

1U device suitable for standard 19" racks. Sold as a pair

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1U each item. Sold as a pair

In very good used condition with minimal rack rash and minor case scratches. Pots & switches have been cleaned & metering aligned. Supplied with stereo link cable. UK or Euro Schuko power cables supplied on request

Tested & working 100%. Photos show a pair of compressors sold previously

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