dbx 165 distortion?
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:50:22 PM »
I just got a dbx 165 from a radio station, and although I like it pretty well, it will distort very easily when the attack and/or release is set too fast, and too fast in most cases is around 50% of the fastest setting - essentially, on a lot of sources, it will distort if either control is set in the first half of its throw. I do not have this problem on the auto setting at all. Also, the release, even when set to the slowest, still seems quite fast. I was wondering if this is standard behavior for a 165 or if mine is out of spec. There is no mention of a calibration procedure in the manual.

Thanks, Ben


Re: dbx 165 distortion? New
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011, 06:13:28 PM »
I have a 165A, but I so rarely take it off auto mode that I haven't seen how early it distorts.  Occasionally I'll put it on the fastest settings and use it like a fuzz box, but I don't recall it distorting as early as you're describing.  Granted, mine has been recapped and I've replaced most of the opamps.

Calibration procedure:

EDIT:  Corrected link
« Last Edit: February 14, 2011, 09:21:43 AM by wmtunate »


Re: dbx 165 distortion?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 06:44:16 PM »
Thanks - I hadn't seen that when downloaded the manual. I think this should be the correct link:

Best, Ben


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