Condition is very good for this vintage pair of DBX 160 Compressor/Limiters. The units are side by side with rack mount ear sides. Faceplate and body are in good conditon. This unit was cleaned, bench tested and is in good working order.
"Widely considered to be one of the finest VCA compressors ever built, the diminutive DBX 160A, first introduced in 1971, is all about the ‘knock’.The solid-state 160 (sometimes referred to as the 160 VU in reference to its prominent front panel VU meter) is unusual for a VCA model in that it displays distinct nonlinearities, making it a character piece, and like many of the other early compressors, the 160 has a very simple front panel, with only three dials – for threshold, compression and output gain.Sound-wise the hard-kneed 160 isn’t exactly flexible, though what it does it does very well. Which is, specifically, a rough, warm and grainy punch which can be highly effective on bass parts – synthesised or real – reinforcing both intelligibility and presence. In electronic music production, the 160 has found uses to bring out the ‘knock’ and thwack of drum sounds – particularly kick, snare and clap – for an unmistakably punchy sound. Sure, it’s a bit of a one-trick pony, but it performs that trick almost perfectly." Attackmagazine.com
We do not have the original box, but rest assured the DBX will be well packed in a properly rated corrugated box using foam and/or several pieces of Instapack foam to nestle the unit in a double-ply heavy-duty cardboard box, capable of holding at least twice the listed weight rating. The box will then be sealed on all sides with water activated paper tape lined with a fabric reinforcement.