dbx 160XT Compressor Limiter Leveler
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Single Channel Compressor Limiter
We have added a few new features to the dbx Model 160XT
while maintaining the performance and ease of operation of its predecessor, the dbx 160X
, We have added:
□ XLR-type Input and Output Connectors - because the 3-pin XL connector has been recognized as the most durable and widely used connector for professional applications.
□ Balanced Output - can drive a 600Q load to +24dBu and provides common-mode rejection of unwanted noise in the audio path such as RF and 60Hz components.
□ True Power Summing - When two 160XT
units are slaved together, the RMS energy of the signal presented to the slave unit is summed with the RMS energy of the signal presented to the master unit to prevent phase cancellation of the two signals from causing unmusical compressor action. Note: a 160X
unit can also be used with the same results as long as the 160XT
is used as the master unit.
□ Input Ground-Lift Switch - for isolation between shield ground and signal ground. Useful when troubleshooting hum (AC line interference).
Other features include:
□ 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.
□ True RMS Level Detection - senses the power in the program in a musical manner, much as the ear does, giving results superior to peak or average detection.
□ Hardwire System Bypass Switch - allows the audio to pass even if the unit is unplugged, and is also useful for comparing the processed and unprocessed signal.
□ Front Panel Stereo Coupling Switch - couples two 160XTs or a
and a 160X
together for stereo operation at the push of a button.
□ 19 Segment Display - for high resolution monitoring of True RMS input and output levels.
□ 12 Segment Display - indicating GAIN REDUCTION.
□ Meter Calibration - input/output meter calibration, so the 160XT
can be used in a variety of situations where the “0" reference is not consistent.
□ V4“ Input and Output Connectors - we kept the V4“ phone jacks from the 160X
with the output capable of driving its own additional 600£2 load (single-ended) in addition to any load at the XL output.
□ Detector Input - useful for special applications including frequency conscious compression in which an external Equalizer
□ DC-controlled Parameters - the signal does not pass thru any of the parameter controls. Instead a DC voltage controls all functions which eliminates any possibility of potentiometer noise as the controls age.
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Preliminary Service Manual
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