Closer to Excellent condition. Only wear was from mounting it in a rack. Comes with power cord. No Manual. Mild studio use only.

The dbx 166XL processor is the result of an intensive engineering and product development effort aimed at taking advantage of the latest and best advances in manufacturing technology to deliver true dbx audio performance and reliability to our customers at the lowest possible cost. The 166XL puts a completely new level of compressor/gate performance within everyone's reach. Features include:

Stereo or Dual Mono operation of gating, compression and peak limiting.
In Stereo couple mode, the Channel 1 controls become Master controls, and Channel 2 follows precisely to ensure a rock solid stereo image--even with high amounts of compression.

Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR; 1/4-inch sidechain insert.

10-Segment LED Display for gain reduction (up to 30dB).

Click above for enlarged front/rear views.

OverEasy/Hard Knee Selection
Allows selection between our famous OverEasy compression curve and the classic "Hard Knee" curve popularized by the original dbx 160, 161 and 162.

Expander/Gate Circuit
With variable release time and +15dBu maximum threshold.

Selectable Low Frequency Shelf (via Contour button) in the Sidechain Path
Recommended when compressing mixed program material to prevent low frequency energy from "punching holes" in the sound.

PeakStop Limiting
Provides control of maximum peak levels at the output of the 166XL regardless of any other control. PeakStop comes after the compression, gating and other circuitry including the output gain, so it sets an absolute limit for peak excursions before they reach the output.

True RMS Level Detection
Senses the power in the program in a musical manner, much as human hearing does, giving results superior to peak or average detection.

Hardwire System Bypass Buttons on both channels
Allow the audio to pass even if the unit is unplugged, and are also useful for comparing the processed and unprocessed signals.

Separate LED Displays
Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup.

Electronically Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS Input and Output Jacks
Tip/Ring/Sleeve phone jacks and XLR-type jacks are wired in parallel; either input will accept an audio signal for processing by the 166XL.

Separate Sidechain Inserts
Enables an outboard processor or signal to control compression or gating.

DC-Controlled Parameters
The signal does not pass thru any of the parameter controls. Instead a DC voltage controls all functions; this eliminates any possibility of potentiometer noise developing over time.

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Listed6 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • 166XL Stereo Compressor / Limiter / Gate
  • Black
  • 2000s

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