dbx 163X

dbx 163X

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163X, Studio compressor from dbx.

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dbx 163X tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: dbx
  • Model: 163X
  • Category: Studio compressors
  • Added in our database on: 03/10/2005

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dbx 163X user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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moosers's review

dbx 163X
The DBX 163X is a simple compressor/limiter that comes as a single channel unit. It is an analog piece of gear, and only takes up half a rack space, so if you had two of these you could fit them perfectly in a single space in a traditional rack casing. I don't know what types of connections it has, as the one that I've used was already connected to the patch bay, but it does have a 1/4" input in the front.


It doesn't get much simpler than using the DBX 163X for a compressor/limiter. It only has a slider for setting the amount of compression that you'd like, and a level knob for setting the gain make up/output level. That's everything there is to know about the make up of the 163X, so as you can tell this is a very simple piece of gear. It also does have a series of LED lights for metering your compression level. I haven't ever needed to look at the manual for this, so I don't know anything about it.


The sound quality of the DBX 163X is really quite good. Generally I'm a much bigger fan of the older DBX gear, but the 163X has a more modern compression sound. It's good for a variety of applications, but I've had success using it mostly on drums. I don't think that it sounds full enough on lead vocals, but it depends on the singer. In general I use these for mixing drums, but again they are definitely suitable for use with other instruments as well. It's really easy to get a quick sound, which is also a big plus with this, as it allows you to see quickly if it will work for the application you're trying to use it for.


For a compressor that can be had at a very cheap price used, the DBX 163X is a great deal. It isn't up there with the DBX 165A and 166, but it has a more than respectable sound that is useful more times than not. I've used this in a higher end professional studio, but since they are pretty easy to find at a cheap price, they are definitely a perfect fit for a home studio as well. If you're looking for some bang for your buck in a compact compressor/limiter, the DBX 163X is definitely something worth checking out.

jembozzo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

dbx 163X
Compressor Limiter


Nothing could be simpler
we chose the threshold and we put more or less


Trs effective even I use to catch votes in the studio
to tell the qualitbr /> I use only live if the low
trs as portable


I have 10 years
the knob crackles a bit now, but it still works perfectly a
ACSS frankly gear

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