dBx 160X w/ Revive MOD

The service increases the headroom of the unit, widens the sonic's and increases the 3-d image. It also lowers overall noise in the unit while making it larger and fuller.


Here is what the service includes:

  • Burr Brown input and output stage mod (gives the unit a more full detailed three dimensional sound with increased frequency response).
  • PSU re-cap and mod:lowers noise, re-rejuvenates and helps increase the current supply. It also gives the unit a fuller sound.
  • Cleaning of all electro-mechanical switches and potentiometers.
  • Calibration
  • VCA upgrade, replaces the old DBX VCA with a newer low noise. This gives the unit a smoother compression character with lower noise and really is a great mod to any 160 or 166 compressor from this era.

Since its introduction in the mid 1970's, the dbx 160 series has been the world's most popular line of audio compressors. After the classic 160 (which is still used daily in many world class studios), came the 165, the 160X and the 160XT. The 160X/XT were the models that truly became the industry standard. Solid construction, fool proof operation, great sound, at-a-glance metering and a bulletproof output stage all contributed to its popularity with musicians, recording studios, consultants and installers, and broadcast media production people alike.

The dbx 160X is a legendary dbx 160 family of compressor/limiters. The same classic sound, easy set-up and no compromise metering is now married to an improved signal path and stronger chassis design. The result is industry standard compressor/limiter which is digital-ready and road tough.

Featuring switch-selectable OverEasy and Hard Knee compression curves along with extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls, the dbx 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. Its musical sound, easy operation and unequaled versatility made the original dbx 160 a world standard. The 160X follows that tradition, while meeting the challenges of a digital world.

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