Since its introduction in the mid 1970's, the dbx 160 series has been the world's most popular line of audio compressors. The dbx 160X has that same classic sound, easy set-up and no compromise metering, but married to an improved signal path and stronger chassis design.
Featuring switch-selectable OverEasy and Hard Knee compression curves along with extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls, the 160X is up to any task. True RMS level detection provides the most natural-sounding dynamics processing available, from subtle compression to "brick wall" peak limiting. Choose low ratios and OverEasy compression to transparently smooth out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels. Or use the 160X's Hard Knee compression and high ratios (up to and beyond ∞:1 and over 60dB gain reduction) for bombproof protection against overload distortion in digital recording, P.A. systems and broadcast signals. Its electronically balanced output stage is an outstanding line driver for long cable runs (an output transformer is optional). The 19-segment, switchable input/ output LED metering can be easily calibrated to any operating level. 12-segment gain reduction LEDs provide precise analysis at a glance.
The dbx 160X's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real lifesaver for correcting overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway house mix levels. A detector input can be used with an equalizer for de-essing sibilant vocals and selectively smoothing out boomy notes on acoustic guitar and bass. And two 160X's can be stereo-coupled to process an entire mix or instruments mic'd in stereo, without shifting the left/right image.
This legendary studio tool is used and shows overall signs of use and having been racked. But it works great (and looks freaking cool!). It's ready for your rig and ships out the next day.