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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The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, vbx is fully operational and functions as intended. Skip to main content. The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously.

But before you go rushing out to buy an oldremember that these units are often noisy; they used opamps that were not as good as what’s available today, and the components have deteriorated with age.

The tone overall is quite clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression. 616a is prohibited, but 166a feel free to link to this page using the link text “compressor reviews”. It’s true of all dbx units that they dull the highs when compressing heavily, but I’d say the older one does that much less than the new rbx.

Skip to main content. All of them feature a “Peakstop Limiter”, but unfortunately it’s a terrible peak limiter. 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 on 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 unit is used and has been tested to be in working condition.

DBX Refine Results. Available now is this DBX 16a6 limiter compressor. People who bought this also bought. The and A are built to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent. Last one Free shipping. We have 3 dbx A, 2 dbx XL, and a Canare 8 channel insert whip.

So to get to the point: For all three, this is a one-space-high rackmount unit, dvx two channels that can be run in stereo or separately as dual-mono. This DBX A has been tested and it is functioning properly.

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Of course the flip side of all the controls available is that it takes some effort to find the right settings; the oldest one is easier to dial in. Tested and 16a perfe There is always a solution to any problem if two parties are willing. Also shop in Also shop in. Again, the A was closer to the old than to the XL, in this regard.

Less operator training needed over a computer based package. This unit has several scuffs and scratches mainly on the top cover. If there is a need to adjust.

Ratings and Reviews Write a review. These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. Dbxx page was last updated: The chronological order goes: 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.


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However, when I set them both to compress more strongly, the old was a clear winner. This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks. I haven’t inspected the XS yet.

With the original old ‘s, believe it or not, the Chinese ones are more ruggedly-built and heavier. Even the A model is pretty old by now, and may need refurbishing in some cases. The price may be the seller’s own price elsewhere or another seller’s price. See details for description of any imperfections. I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways.

See this article for an explanation of dbx’s product-numbering system. It’s not a night-and-day difference, and at some settings you might not be able to hear a difference at all. As a bass distortion the limiter sounds really good. I love the “A” version even 16a it is an older model than the slightly more sophisticated “XL”, there are two features I enjoy over the newer version: What does this price mean? Klark Teknik kt Classic Fet-style Compressor.