dbx 266XL

dbx 266XL

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266XL, Studio compressor from dbx.

19 user reviews

dbx 266XL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: dbx
  • Model: 266XL
  • Category: Studio compressors
  • Added in our database on: 03/10/2005

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dbx 266XL user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 19 reviews )
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moosers's review

dbx 266XL
The dbx 266XL is an analog compressor/gate in the form of a rackable piece of outboard gear. It has two channels and will take up one rack space. It can't be edited digitally and can only be controlled with what you see. It has both XLR and 1/4 inch inputs and outputs, making it easy to both set up with a patch bay or to simply plug your instrument or microphone right into.


The configuration of the compressor is easy to follow and easy to either compressor or gate your signal effectively. Each channel has seven knobs and few buttons to control the effect. There are two knobs on each channel to control the expander/gate for threshold and ratio and then has parameters for threshold, ratio, attack, release and output gain for the compressor. These parameters provide a good deal of control over your sound. The manual seems pretty complete, but this was easy enough to use and control that I never needed to look at it too much.


The sound quality of the dbx 266XL is good, but nothing to write home about. It will give you a basic compressor sound, but isn't nearly as clean as I would like. This being said, the price of this really determines how good of a sound you can expect from this because it is aimed at those looking to get a dirt cheap outboard compressor. The sound of this is fine for some things, but won't blow you away. I have used this mostly with electric guitar and bass guitar.


I've had the dbx 266XL for about three and a half years. I have found is useful, but not spectacular. The price is what will drive most people to this, as it did for me. Dbx makes quality products and even though this is toward the the low end of what they make, this is useful and is nice to have at such a cheap price.

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

dbx 266XL
Used in live sound or instrument insert on table




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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Without +"

dbx 266XL
Compressor, gate, limiter, 2 mono channels linkable in stro.


Configured as a compressor!


The compression is not his forte, or it must be lightweight. Ca pump fast enough. No coloring.

The gate / expander on the other hand is very good.

By limiting way it works too.


It always dpanne to have one when you have nothing else.
You have to go easy on the ratios.
I use that for the gate or to protect my record when I among.

For the price it is even correct.

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

dbx 266XL
What are the effects or types of effects available?
2 compressors

What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
6.35 and XLR

Is this a rack or rack MODEL?
19 inches


The general configuration is it simple?
yes ... it's a comp 'base.

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
as a compressor.


Which instruments do you use?
at the beginning I took it to my bass ... then not. I confined the synth and keyboard. the medium and sounds rather acute


How long have you use it?
6 months

What is so special that you like most and least?
most: -
it really really hard on the bass and kicks because it click

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

How would you rate the quality / price?
b ah this is not what the American models. it is made in china with all the problems it brings when manufacturers are doing their bah-end.

With experience, you do again this choice?
it's rare for me to be hard on the gear. but this time I'm pretty disappointed. he has trouble with the bass and kick it click on the sound starts. I'm turning the release and attack in all directions, nothing works. Briefly I avoid using it on my low frequency sound (my S com is better!)

is what I would do this choice? probably not!

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