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dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate 

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The dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate is the latest in a long line of the world's most successful compressors from the inventors of the technology. Its paten...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-07-2017

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OVERVIEW

Bring a more professional sound to your mix.

The dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate is the latest in a long line of the world's most successful compressors from the inventors of the technology. Its patented Overeasy compression technology provides smooth and musical performance while the AutoDynamic attack and release controls, found only on dbx compressors, puts great sound within easy reach. The 266xs can operate in stereo or dual-mono modes, has true RMS power summing and features quality XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs. It cuts no corners on visual feedback with gain reduction metering and easy-to-read backlit switches.

Adding a dbx 266xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate to your live sound rig or studio gives you more dynamic control to help create a more polished, professional sound. Having compression in your audio chain gives you the ability to smooth out uneven levels, add sustain to guitars and fatten up your drums. It also makes it easy to bring vocals to the front of your mix - adding greater clarity and making them stand out from the surrounding instruments

FEATURES
  • Error proof operation to smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or tighten up mixes
  • New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates
  • Great sounding dynamics control for any type of program material
  • Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
  • Stereo or dual-mono operation
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR connectors
  • Side Chain insert
  • Classic dbx "Auto" mode

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SPECIFICATIONS

266xs Compressor/Gate

  • INPUTS
  • Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance: 40kÎ balanced, 20kÎ unbalanced
  • +22dBu Balanced or Unbalanced
  • OUTPUTS
  • Connector: 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Type: Impedance-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Impedance (+4dBu): 100Î balanced, 50Î unbalanced
  • Impedance (-10dBu): 1kÎ balanced, 500Î unbalanced
  • SIDECHAIN INSERT
  • Connector: 1/4" TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); Tip = Input (return)
  • 10kÎ(Input), Ring = 2kÎ(Output)
  • +20dBu (Output)
  • COMPRESSION
  • Threshold Range: -40dBu to +20dBu
  • Threshold
  • Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
  • Compression Ratio: 1:1 to Infinity:1
  • Attack Time: Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
  • Release Time: Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic
  • EXPANDER/GATE
  • Threshold Range: -60dBu to +15dBu
  • Expansion Ratio: 1:1 to 4:1
  • Release Time: Program-Dependent
  • SYSTEM
  • Bandwidth: 0.35Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3dB
  • Frequency Response (Flat): 20Hz - 20kHz; +0/-0.5dB,
  • 114dB, unweighted
  • 55dB at 1kHz
  • Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power Summing
  • POWER
  • Power Consumption: 15 Watts Maximum
  • Operating Voltage: 100 VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Operating Temperature: 0C to 45C (32F to 113F)
  • PHYSICAL
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 5.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.26 cm)
  • Weight: Net: 4.84 lb. (2.19 kg); Shipping: 6.6 lb. (2.99 kg)
  • Note: 0dBu = 0.775Vrms
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dbx266xs Compressor/Gate
 
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3.0

Not so great for Vocals

By richard dw jensen

from Winnipeg

Comments about dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate:

I purchased the DBX 266XL 3 years ago from a retailer. At this price point it is certainly not worth the money. However, MF is selling the same compressor/gate for almost half that. My thoughts: This hardware is incredibly well built and solid. It will certainly take a beating and last a lifetime. It is easy to use, the layout makes intuitive sense and it was obviously built for ease of use. Additionally, it does what it says it does: compresses and gates sound. However, this is where the unit becomes average. I bought it specifically for vocals and unless you are only planning on the most subtle of compression, it certainly affects the warmth of your signal in a noticeable way. Vocals are certainly not what this unit does best. I now use it only for guitar and bass in both live and recording applications. Conclusion - If you're thinking about this unit to compress a vocal source, keep looking. Save up and buy something with more warmth. If you need this for guitar or bass, it works well, especially at this price.

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1.0

defective equipment

By xx

from Washington DC

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    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

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      Comments about dbx 266xs Compressor/Gate:

      just wanted a gate to use with my guitar on live venues and in the studio, took product out of box and immediately channel 2 didn't work, and after about 45 minutes channel 2 stopped producing sound shortly followed by channel 1, 5 minutes later.

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