All user reviews for the dbx 266XL

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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.

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!

bill44fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Top notch"

dbx 266XL
Used compressor + gate, quality is at the appointment (DBX requires), the dbx 266 does what is asked.
Small problem concerning the use in automatic, I prefer it the manual operation.


Use child who knows the operation of a compressor / gate


Extremely effective use Stereo coupled to modulate a face such


Used for two years, the reputation of DBX is not to do ...

RSL's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good camera"

dbx 266XL
Analog compressor limiter.
Jack and XLR + insert connectors on each lane


Configuration and identical in every aspect of its competitors.
To configure this type of device, depending on the use you want to make (Mix, voice, instrument ....)


It's so dbx device was studied. It is really effective and suitable for several uses. He did a good job.
I used to mix as compressor (before replacing it with a multiband), although this set does it.
Do not try to "color" the sound, it is not its role.
I now use two microphones (one microphone per channel) in this area, he did a great job.


I have "equivalent" in the dbx Behringer is better at any level (even if in this range the Behringer is not ridiculous).
No ignition switch on or off on the front!
Given the occas price. go eyes closed.
Robust and efficient. I keep mine!

Stig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" compressor goes everywhere"

dbx 266XL
Small reference compressor low cost.
Complete connectivity jack + XLR


Who knows how to use a compressor, or to learn what is perfect.
The little tweaks it for the gate is usually sufficient.

I had the problem of rotten jack that allows the tip to the bottom of the outlet ... 4 screws and access to connectors (it's a bit empty in there of)


We can talk about a price excellent value
and a Standard .. when it was used a few times we know how far we can go quickly.


This is one of the first models of hardware compressors I hit. We find a little all the sauces in small bars or clubs. sometimes larger analog boards.
he makes his taf it is robust enough for me it is a tool that I keep in the elbow limiter for clubs in comp gate on percu-kick, even on voice for small equipment without dates.
studio 5eme monde12/18/2013

studio 5eme monde's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

dbx 266XL
Model 19 "featuring 2 channels with compression or gate way everything is édiatble.


Simple to use and edition


While the effects for me its not ring is the entered range is clearly nothing to do with the high-end from dbx. For me the entered range is pro model from dbx 160A and its rings.


To say I tested and then he slept. I advise this is not money down the drain.

-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The butcher compression!"

dbx 266XL
compressor / gate / expander size 1U, VCA. It's solid metal, at first glance it gives confidence. buttons notched a possibility of a soft knee (not super efficient), a threshold and make up ratio. I do not remember if there is a attack and release, it's been a while that I sold.


If you know how to use a compressor, and we know what are the buttons, it will we get out. You can always put more parameters, but memory is pretty full.


This is where it work. it's cheap, a little better than the behringer, but ... It compresses the roller, the result is rarely musical. It will live for a bassist for example, but for the studio or home studio is too limited.


I kept a short time I was there no use. I used lots of compressors of all ranges and should be at the low end what.

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.

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

dbx 266XL
<span style="font-weight: normal;">Compressor / Expander-Gate has two analog channels (linkable).
Rglages Compressor: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release + 2 buttons: OverEasy, and Auto attack / release.
</span> SETTING THE expander-gate: Threshold, Ratio.
Connections by: 1 6.35 Input Jack, 1 XLR Input, Ouput 6.35 1 Jack, 1 XLR Output, 1 Jack Sidechain 6.35.

Complete connectivity + ratio not to be a simple gate + compressor rglages complete. Nothing to say the above!


Easy when you know how to rule a compressor. The manual supplied is simple and clear, and even gives some of xamples rglages appropriate situations. The pots are notched enjoyable.


Compressor efficiency! I have used on drums (bass drum, snare, hi-hat), on synthetic bass and lead vocals on, he is doing in his role impecable compressor. The expander is apprciable and efficiently.
I have a dbx 266A and a AudioPhony he is doing as well as any other part of the compression. The expander is effectively part of the dbx 2 on the AudioPhony.
on the other hand is almost unusable on a stro. Compression means immediately and direct the pump, even at relatively low ratios. After recess all dpends the loudness of the sound source to be treated, but I think it is too aggrssif for that use. Same with the switches that rglage OverEasy softknee.


Compressor for my opinion, for use on individual tracks, as long as you only trying to compress. For this price range that's all we asked and he does it well <img class="smiley" src="" alt="" />

I test compared a dbx 266A and AudioPhony it out high on the list thanks to its complete connectivity (better than the 266A) and expander efficiency (a bit better than the AudioPhony)

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

dbx 266XL
Compressor / gate hard knee Rack Dual Analog Stereo or mono coupled. Potentiomtres notched without grsillements. Tmoins action threshold and gain reduction. AUTO Rglages over easy and attack / release. Gate threshold / ratio. Compressor: treshold / ratio / attack / release / outpout.
By a bypass. The wiring is complete. Interupeur of a power supply does have fun. I would have AIM also indicate time in ms on a scale of attack and release.


Simple configuration as we know how a compressor works the followers of rglages automatic will have to form a little bit. Indeed, rglages machines are perfect for setting a master console avanr attacking the amp. Personal I use it as an insert on a console before saving to avoid the clips, spoil the background noise. Note that food produced in an audible buzz lightweight atmosphre very quiet.


Compression is often too trs effective elsewhere. Is mfier ratios above 2:1 and rglage attack too short, the risk of having a seriously flat. I use it as an insert taken on most pickups acoustic guitar, percussion and brass used primarily as a limiter to flatten the ridges and avoid clips. For voice and bass I prfre TLAudio my lamp ... The problem with this compressor rcurent is that there is no rglage soft knee compression and thus is always REALLY trs effective and lets nothing go over your r tings.


I use it for two months. I like his rugged ct complete with a multipurpose CONTRL of all, I regret the absence of soft knee. I wanted a cheap two-channel compressor but complete to connect to my 4 compact and well he fit the bill bought 90 euros opportunity is not c the picture up!