162SL (discontinued)

Purple Series Stereo Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity™

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The same familiar striking front panel, machined from 1/4" aircraft aluminum, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators, and heavy gauge chassis mark the 162SL as a leader for decades to come. The 162SL combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, past and present, and gives you more versatile performance than ever before. In addition to having the auto attack and release as well as the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160, the 162SL offers AutoVelocity™ manual mode, in addition to our classic dbx OverEasy® mode, made standard by the legendary dbx 165A. And speaking of the 165A, all of its features, including variable attack and release controls, as well as dbx’s latest limiting algorithm PeakStopPlus™, are included in the 162SL.

The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The dbx 162SL is no different. It features dual proprietary dbx VCA modules. This state-of-the-art implementation of dbx’s original Blackmer decilinear VCA boasts an unheard of dynamic range and ultra-low distortion seen only previously in the Blue 160SLs. With sonic clarity designed for the studio, the 162SL maintains its superior performance in harsh environments, pure enough for the studio, rugged enough for the road was the engineering motto of the Purple Series of Compressors / Limiters. Like it's big brother the 162SL, it takes full advantage of the best parts available and dbx's advanced manufacturing, including Jensen® transformers on each output standard. Following in the footsteps of the Blue Series 160SL, with the Purple Series 162SL, dbx continues to create to the most technologically advanced compressors in the world.

Recommended for: Portable, Tour, Studio.


  • Super fast manual attack and release
  • High-Drive Jensen® output transformers
  • Hard-knee/OverEasy® switchable
  • Ultra-low distortion compression for unheard of clarity even under extreme gain reduction
  • Program-dependent "Auto," Patent-pending AutoVelocity™ Manual, or fully variable attack and release modes


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Input Connectors XLR, 1/4" Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Max Input 24dBu balanced
Output Connectors XLR, 1/4" transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered Output Drive Capacity
Max Output >24dBm
Bandwidth >200kHz
Dynamic Range >118dB
Head Room 20dB reference = +4dBu
Signal to Noise Ratio 96dB, reference = +4dBu
THD+Noise <0/008% at +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
Frequency Response +0/-3 dB 2Hz - 200kHz +0/-0.1dB 20Hz - 20kHz
Deviation From Linear Phase <1 degree 20Hz - 20kHz
Compressor Threshold Range -40 to +30dBu
Compressor Ratio 1:1 to infinity:1
Compressor Threshold Characteristic Selectable, OverEasy® or hard knee
Limiter Threshold Range +4 to +24 dBu (off)
Limiter Ratio infinity:1
Limiter Type PeakStopPlus® 2 stage limiter



162SL (discontinued)

Purple Series Stereo Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity™