Classic Dual Channel Compressor / Limiter with V8 VCA Modules and Balanced Inputs & Outputs
Since its inception the 160S has become the mark for which other compressors reach. As the leader in VCA and compressor design and engineering, we at dbx are always seeking to improve our products and give you the best possible compression solutions.
With the newly improved 160SL, we introduce the patent-pending AutoVelocity technology. With AutoVelocity it is now easier than ever to dial up the exact attack and release effect you are looking for, via the program-dependent, or non program dependent manual mode. Still on board is the venerable dbx Auto mode.
Now you can set your maximum preferred settings in manual mode, and let the 160SL do the rest for you, depending on your program material.
The 160SL combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, past and present, and gives you more versatile performance than ever before. In addition to having the auto attack and release as well as the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160, the 160SL now offers AutoVelocity manual mode, in addition to our classic OverEasy® mode, made standard by the classic dbx 165A.
And speaking of the 165A, all of its features, including variable attack and release controls, as well as dbx's latest limiting algorithm PeakStopPlus, are included in the 160SL.
The same striking blue front panel machined from 1/4" aircraft aluminum, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators, and heavy gauge chassis still mark the 160SL as the leader for decades to come.
DBX 160SL Classic Dual Channel Compressor / Limiter Features :
- Striking blue front panel machined from aircraft aluminum
- Emulates the performance of the classic dbx 160 and 165A compressors
- Patent-pending AutoVelocity circuit
- 127dB of dynamic range
- High-drive output transformer circuit drives 1000 ft. of cable at +30dBu with only .007% THD
- Switchable between hard-knee and OverEasy compression
- Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity, or fully variable attack and release manual modes
The dbx160SL is a rackmountable stereo compressor/limiter in the tradition of the industry standard dbx160. The signal path consists of a high-precision input stage followed by the world's widest dynamic range, voltage-controlled amplifier-the dbx V8 VCA-and a high-performance output stage. the dbx 160SL features hard-knee and classic dbx Overeasy compression threshold functions. Also has attack and release controls as well as program-dependent time constants selectable with an auto switch.
The dbx 160SL has a high-precision, high-drive, transformer-coupled output stage capable of performing with incredible accuracy and sonic transparency in virtually any audio environment.
The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The dbx 160SL is no different. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules. This state-of-the-art implementation of dbx's original Blackmer decilinear VCA boasts an unheard-of 127dB dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. Encased in a specially designed aluminum-zinc housing for shielding and thermal characteristics, the V8 maintains its superior performance in harsh environments.
The new 160S takes full advantage of the most technologically superior components available today. Premium active electronics, precision 0.1% and 1% metal film resistors, great sounding temperature stable polypropylene capacitors, high-reliability board-to-board connectors with gold-palladium-nickel contacts, Jensen® transformers, gold plated Neutrik® XLRs, rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment, military grade glass epoxy circuit boards, to mention a few, contribute to the most technologically advanced compressor in the world.
DBX 160SL Classic Dual Channel Compressor / Limiter Specifications :
Connectors: Female XLR Pin 2 hot, pin 1 lift switch
Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance: Balanced > 20 k ohm, unbalanced > 10 k ohm
Maximum Input Level: >+30dBu balanced, > +26dBu unbalanced
CMRR: >100dB 20 Hz to 200 Hz, >80dB 200 Hz to 2 kHz, >60dB 2 kHz to 20 kHz
Connectors: Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Type: Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance: Balanced 50ohm, unbalanced 25ohm
Maximum Output Level: Bal >+30dBm (into 600 ohm) / Unbalanced (with UNBAL switch engaged) >+24dBm (into 600 ohm)
SIDECHAIN SEND (OUTPUT)
Connector: Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Type: Unbuffered, hard-wired to INPUT, RF filtered
SIDECHAIN RETURN (INPUT)
Connector: Female XLR Pin 2 hot
Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance: Balanced >20 k ohm, unbalanced >10k ohm
Maximum Input Level: >+30dBu balanced or unbalanced
0.1dB Bandwidth: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.1dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
1.0dB Bandwidth: <4 Hz to >40 kHz +0/-1.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Frequency Response: <2 Hz to >200 kHz +0/-3.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Noise: <-92dBu, unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz measurement bandwidth
Dynamic Range: >122dB
THD + Noise: 0.008% typical at +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain / 0.05% typical at +30dBu, 1kHz, unity gain / <0.1% any amount of compression up to 30dB, 1kHz
IMD: <0.02% SMPTE 4:1, no gain reduction, unity gain
Deviation From Linear Phase: <1.0 degree, <10 Hz to 200 kHz, 30dB of compression
Interchannel Crosstalk: <-100dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
VCA: dbx V8™
VCA Dynamic Range: >127dB
VCA THD + Noise: 0.006% typical at +4dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power Summing™
Threshold Range: -40 to +30dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to 4:1
Threshold Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
Attack/Release Modes: Selectable Manual or Auto
Manual Attack Time: Scalable program-dependent. Typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
Manual Release Time: Scalable program-dependent. Typically 4000dB/sec to 10dB/sec
Auto Attack Time: Program-dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
Auto Release Time: Program-dependent, typically 120dB/sec
Output Gain: -20 to +20dB
Threshold Range: +4dBu to >+30dBu (off)
Limiter Type: PeakStopPlus® two-stage limiter
Stage 1: Instantaneous Transient Clamp
Attack Time: Zero
Stage 2: Intelligent Predictive Limiting
Attack Time: Program dependent, typically <5 msec.
Release Time: Program dependent, typically 22dB/sec
Note: 0 dBu = 0.775V RMS
Dimensions: 3.5” H X 19” W X 11.25” D
Weight: 20.5 lbs (9.3 kg)