Vintage DBX 162 Stereo Compressor Limiter Studio Rackmount (A)

  • Product Code: 162 Stereo Compressor
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  • Condition: Used - Excellent
  • $749.99

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Mooser's review of the DBX 162 stereo compressor from

"The Dbx 162 is a vintage stereo compressor/limiter. It is in the 160s family, and has the same look and style to many of the models in this line of dynamic processors. The 162 is strictly an analog piece of gear, with no digital parts at all. It has XLR and 1/4" connections and will take up two spaces in a traditional rack space.

The Dbx 162 isn't a complicated compressor, consisting of only the basic parameters found on most compressors, so if you have any experience with dynamic processors, you will definitely recognize these parameters and should be able to use it without a problem or the assistance of a manual. It simply has parameters for threshold, compression, and output, as well as metering options for each of the two channels. I've really only used this a stereo compressor on stereo pairs of recordings, and haven't tried to split up the channels, so I'm not really sure if this is possible.

The tone quality of the Dbx 162 is very similar to that of the 165A, but definitely has its own sound as well. Being that it is a stereo compressor, I'd first recommend using this on stereo pairs like drum overheads or even a pair of electric guitar mics, but I'm sure that if you wanted to you could branch out with it and use it on unmatched stereo pairs as well. Like the 165A, the 162 certainly has a lot of grit to its tone, and isn't the type of compressor you would use if you were looking for a cleaner tone. Rather, I love using the 162 for situations where I might want to roll with a particular crunchy tone and enhance it."


Excellent Condition; some minor cosmetic wear from professional use - no bad or notable damage. All features tested and working. This is a pre-owned item and there may be signs of use, so please view the photos carefully and consider them part of the description. 

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Vintage DBX 162 Stereo Compressor Limiter Studio Rackmount (A)