dbx 160SL Compressor

dbx 160SL - Dual Mono/Stereo Compressor/Limiter

dbx 160SL - Dual Mono/Stereo Compressor/Limiter

B&H # DB160SL MFR # 160SL
dbx 160SL Compressor

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The 160SL from dbx is a dual mono/stereo compressor/limiter that strives for excellence not only in performance, but also in construction. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules that deliver 127dB of dynamic range with ultra-low distortion.

The unit features Auto, AutoVelocity and full manual mode for setting up the processor. This allows the user to set maximum preferred settings in manual mode and let the 160SL do the rest, depending on the program material. In addition to having the auto attack and release mode, the compressor retains the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160.

The compressor has a machined 1/4" aircraft aluminum front panel, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and is housed in a heavy gauge chassis. Additionally, the electronics of the unit take full advantage of today's technologically superior components and deliver a sonically advanced processor.


Dual channel compressor/limiter with dbx V8 VCA module that exhibits a dynamic range of 127dB with extremely low distortion
The VCA is encased in a specially-designed zinc-aluminum housing for shielding and thermal protection. This allows for peak performance of the VCA in any environment
Feature AutoVelocity circuit that provides program dependent Auto mode or fully variable attack and release
Switchable between hard-knee and OverEasy compression
Jensen transformers
Gold-palladium-nickel board-to-board connectors and rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts, in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment
Double-shielded Toroid transformer ensures no self-generated power supply noise enters the audio path
PeakStop/PeakStopPlus switchable limiting topologies
Sidechain capabilities, switchable from the front panel
In the Box
dbx 160SL - Dual Mono/Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • AC Power Cable
  • Two (2) Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Function Compressor/Limiter
    Number of Channels 2
    Inputs 2 x XLR Input
    2 x XLR Sidechain Return
    Outputs 2 x XLR Output
    2 x XLR Sidechain Send
    Maximum Input Level +30dBu balanced
    Compression Threshold -40dBu to +30dBu
    Compression Ratio 1:1 to Infinity:1
    Attack Time 400dB/mS to 1dB/mS
    Release Time 4000dB/Sec to 10dB/Sec
    Gate Threshold Not applicable
    Gate Rate Not applicable
    Maximum Output Level 26dB
    Make-up Gain -20dB to +20dB
    Frequency Response 2Hz to 200kHz, +0/-3.0dB
    Dynamic Range >122dB
    Noise 96dB
    Dimensions (LxWxH) 19" x 8" x 3 1/2" (483 x 203 x 88 mm)
    Specialties PeakStopPlus 2-stage limiter with +4dBu to +30dBu threshold
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.75 x 15.25 x 8.4"
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