dbx 266xs 2 Channel Live Sound Compressor / Gate / Limiter

Rackmountable 2 Channel Compressor / Gate / Limiter
dbx 266xs 2 Channel Live Sound Compressor / Gate / Limiter


Adding a dbx® 266xs Compressor/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.

dbx knows compressors...after all we invented them! The 266xs 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.


  • 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


  • Input Connectors 1/4" TRS and female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Input Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Input Impedance 40kΩ balanced/unbalanced
  • Max Input >+22dBu Balanced or Unbalanced
  • Output Connectors 1/4" TRS, female XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • Output Type Impedance-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Output Impedance +4dBu: 100Ω balanced, 50Ω unbalanced

-10dBu: 1kΩ balanced, 500Ω unbalanced

  • Max Output >+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2kΩ or greater

>+18dBm balanced/unbalanced (into 600Ω)

  • Sidechain 1/4" TRS Jack: Ring = Output (send); tip = Input (return)
  • Sidechain Impedance Tip = >10kΩ (Input), Ring = 2kΩ (Output)
  • Sidechain Max Input Level Tip = >+22dBu (Input)
  • Sidechain Max Output Level Ring = >+20dBu (Output)
  • Compressor Threshold Range -40dBu to +20dBu
  • Compressor Threshold Type Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
  • Compressor Ratio 1:1 to Infinity:1
  • Compressor Attack Time Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic™
  • Compressor Release Time Scalable Program-Dependent AutoDynamic™
  • Expander/Gate Threshold -60dBu to +15dBu
  • Expander/Gate Ratio 1:1 to 4:1
  • Expander/Gate Attack Time <100µs
  • Expander/Gate Release Time Program-dependent
  • Bandwidth 35Hz - 90kHz, +0/-3dB
  • Frequency Response Flat: 20Hz-20kHz, +0, -0.5dB
  • Noise <-93dBu unweighted (22kHz measurement bandwidth)
  • THD+Noise Typically <0.2%; Any Amount of Compression @1kHz
  • IMD Typically <0.2% SMPTE
  • Dynamic Range >114 dB, unweighted
  • Interchannel Crosstalk <-95dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • CMRR >40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
  • Stereo Coupling True RMS Power Summing™
  • Power Consumption 15 Watts Maximum
  • Operating Voltage 100VAC 50/60Hz; 120VAC 60Hz; 230VAC 50/60Hz
  • Operating Temperature 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
  • Dimensions 45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.26 cm
  • Unit Weight 19 kg
  • Shipping Weight 99 kg
  • Reference 0dBu = 0.775Vrms


  • Standard Delivery - Free
  • Express Delivery - $20
  • Store Pick Up (South Melbourne) - Free

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