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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I do think the older two models can sound better than the later XL–but only at some settings, in some ways.

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There is always a solution to any problem if two parties are willing. With the 16a6 A and XL models, the only way to tell the difference is by looking at the words printed on the back panel.

This reduces the common effect of a compressor “swallowing” your highs during those low-note peaks.

These units have been fully tested and work great, condition is good showing normal wear, please let us know if you have any questions. Last one Free shipping. With the original old ‘s, believe it or not, the Chinese ones are more ruggedly-built and heavier.

The controls for each channel of the old include: Between the older two, it’s even closer–sometimes I could swear I heard a difference, and other times I thought they sounded the same. See details for description of any imperfections.

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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. Salesbaron is in Los Angeles, The tone overall is quite clean, and fairly transparent aside from the dip in highs during heavy compression.


In other words, with Contour engaged, the whole signal isn’t compressed as hard when you hit high-strength low notes. All three of these are built on the same core schematic, essentially the same circuit, just with different controls and different specific components used.

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The I have is somewhat noisy, especially on one of the channels, yet the A and XL are noiseless.

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Using it to compress electronic drum kit – works great. DBX Refine Results. There are many variables in the potentiometer taper, the installation of the pots and 166x, and the markings on the face, that can stump any attempts to set two units identically just by using the knob positions. Skip to main content. The and A are built to take the abuse of steady gigging; the XL is not quite as rugged, but it’s still decent.

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 one. This page was last updated: For example, when I set the and the XL to “identical” knob settings, they sounded very different–and the sounded way, way better than the XL!


Tested and works perfe All three models are a very good value for the money with their punchy clean sound, low noise in the more recent onesruggedness, and versatility–just don’t pay too much for them. The A and XL models have threshold, release time, and a sidechain switch for the gate; threshold, ratio, attack, and release knobs; threshold for the limiter; and output gain and bypass switch.

It’s not a night-and-day difference, and at some settings you might not be able to hear a difference at all.

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There’s one switch in between the two sides for linking them in stereo or separating them for dual mono operation. The chronological order goes: Please read our description for complete details. For all three, this is a one-space-high rackmount unit, with two channels that can be run in stereo or separately as dual-mono.

Does have a few minor scratches and the power cable has a small frey that has been tap If an item is broken during use.

The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.