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Find great deals on eBay for DBX in Signal Processors and Rack Effects. Shop with confidence. User review from eladsky about dbx A: All-purpose compressor. dbx , A, and XL: See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product- numbering system. All three of these are built on the same core schematic.

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It works great as a distortion effect, though–seriously! Skip to main content.

DBX A Compressor/Limiter | DNA Music Labs

See all 4 pre-owned listings. The controls for each channel of the old include: Whenever possible, try before you buy, and pay close attention to what Ebay sellers do and don’t say about the sound and functionality of the unit they are selling.

Last one Free shipping. People who bought this also bought. The “off” amount and percentage simply signifies the calculated difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller’s price on eBay.

This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. Maybe it comes down to different settings, or maybe it’s just placebo effect.

Originally I had only reviewed the “A” version because it seemed at the time some years ago that the A was the one most commonly found on the used market. This page was last updated: The and A are built to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent. Less operator training needed over a computer based package. I have to say “potentially” because there are so many variables that can affect these results, and as I mentioned before, there are some settings where these units all sound pretty much the same.


If an item is broken during use. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. Potentially better sound than the XL, and potentially lower noise than the old I haven’t inspected the XS yet.

Each channel feature a Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold and ratio, and limiter threshold. When receive your item, let us know that everything is OK. Klark Teknik kt Classic Fet-style Compressor. I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways. All three models are a very good value for the money with their punchy clean sound, low noise in the more recent onesruggedness, and versatility–just don’t pay too much for them.

One important consideration in this test is that the knobs and the markings around them do not necessarily match up from one unit to the next. As a bass distortion the limiter sounds really good.

DBX 166A Compressor/Limiter

Regular rack wear and scuff marks on top and bottom. Show More Show Less.

The main point of comparing these three models is to find out whether that’s true in this case. It sounded much fuller and more “open” when compressing strongly, while the XL sounded more dull and choked. This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks. But before you go rushing out to buy an oldremember that these units are sbx noisy; they used opamps that were not as good as what’s available today, and the components have deteriorated with age.


The vintage is was created as a two-channel version of thewith additional features and controls. Tested and works perfe If there is a need to adjust.

The chronological order goes: However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner. Available now is this DBX A limiter compressor.

For this reason, I recommend the model A as the one to buy.

dbx 166A 2 Channel Compressor Limiter Fully Tested

Skip to main content. There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation. But when I regulated the input signal more carefully, and used the gain-reduction LED’s to set the strength of the compression, the two units sounded almost identical at moderate compression settings.

While the buttons do not light up ebx the “A” model, that is a minor inconvenience If your audio requirements are not overly sophisticated and have the room to rack mount these, they are clearly the way to go if choosing among the comparable equipment. The is 8″ deep front-to-back, while the A and XL are 6″ deep.