Since its introduction in the mid 1970's, the dbx 160 series has
been the world's most popular line of audio compressors. After the
classic 160 (which is still used daily in many world class
studios), came the 165, the 160X and the 160XT. The 160X/XT were
the models that truly became the industry standard. Solid
construction, fool proof operation, great sound, at-a-glance
metering and a bulletproof output stage all contributed to its
popularity with musicians, recording studios, consultants and
installers, and broadcast media production people alike.
The dbx 160A is a legendary dbx 160 family of compressor/limiters.
The same classic sound, easy set-up and no compromise metering is
now married to an improved signal path and stronger chassis design.
The result is industry standard compressor/limiter which is
digital-ready and road tough.
Featuring switch-selectable OverEasy and Hard Knee compression
curves along with extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and
output controls, the dbx 160A is up to any task. True RMS level
detection provides the most natural-sounding dynamics processing
available, from subtle compression to "brick wall" peak limiting.
Choose low ratios and OverEasy compression to transparently smooth
out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels. Or use the 160A's
Hard Knee compression and high ratios (up to and beyond :1 and over
60dB gain reduction) for bombproof protection against overload
distortion in digital recording, P.A.
systems and broadcast signals. The 160A is fully compatible with
+4/-10dB and balanced/ unbalanced systems, and its electronically
balanced output stage is an outstanding line driver for long cable
runs (an output transformer is optional). The 19-segment,
switchable input/ output LED metering can be easily calibrated to
any operating level.
12-segment gain reduction LEDs provide precise analysis at a
The dbx 160A's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode
actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the
input exceeds threshold, a real lifesaver for correcting
overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway house mix
levels. A detector input can be used with an equalizer for
de-essing sibilant vocals and selectively smoothing out boomy notes
on acoustic guitar and bass.
And two 160As can be stereo-coupled to process an entire mix or
instruments mic'd in stereo, without shifting the left/right image.
Its musical sound, easy operation and unequaled versatility made
the original dbx 160 a world standard. The 160A follows that
tradition, while meeting the challenges of a digital world.
ent in the mix, or overall characteristics of 4 independent signals
or control the gain leveling on a couple of stereo pairs, the dbx
160A is for you.