DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« on: April 05, 2005, 01:55:38 PM »
How many of you have DBX 160VU or 162,165 VU comp limiters that have broken VU meters?

Please list your model.


soundguy

DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2005, 01:56:26 PM »
every 160 I have ever owned has had a broken VU meter.

dave

chips are good with dip...

DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2005, 01:58:19 PM »
soundguy do you have any now that need new meters? how many?

soundguy

DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2005, 02:15:03 PM »
I think one of the meters on my 162 might be broken, Id have to check.  I got rid of all my 160's.  I noticed though that the meters would always fail on power up.  They'd work fine, and then one time you'd turn it on and could see the meter seize.  I had a few that I watched die like that over the years.  Dont know if it was just the end of the lifespan of a cheap meter or the design of the circuit that led to that death, but those meters eventually going dead is a fairly common problem amongst my friends at least.  Have you found a source for new meters that will work?  I gave up on that on a long time ago...

dave

chips are good with dip...

DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2005, 02:44:25 PM »
I'm may start stocking new ones with scale and all.

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 11:23:15 PM »
I'm going to replace one meter on my 162Sl these days

Ricardus

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 11:27:01 AM »
We have 4 160vu's and all meters work fine. Is this a common problem?
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ccal12

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2020, 10:44:51 PM »
kind of related i have a dbx 160 sl with the VU meters lights out, would that constitute as non working in this poll?
any idea of where i can source said light bulbs? they look weird and soldered in.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2020, 11:38:57 PM by ccal12 »

pucho812

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2020, 10:06:51 AM »
kind of related i have a dbx 160 sl with the VU meters lights out, would that constitute as non working in this poll?
any idea of where i can source said light bulbs? they look weird and soldered in.

I am working on a similar thing. Our 160SL the blue one has lights out on one side. So far it looks like you have to take the entire front panel off to just get to the thing. I believe they are led lights but I have not confirmed them yet. Personally one channel lit one channel not lit works for me as makes it easy to tell left and right apart so I might just  leave it that way.
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ccal12

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 11:37:04 AM »
I am working on a similar thing. Our 160SL the blue one has lights out on one side. So far it looks like you have to take the entire front panel off to just get to the thing. I believe they are led lights but I have not confirmed them yet. Personally one channel lit one channel not lit works for me as makes it easy to tell left and right apart so I might just  leave it that way.

I'm going to pull mine apart again this weekend, and take close notes of the bulb, will post here


ccal12

Re: DBX 160, 162, 165 VU poll
« Reply #10 on: Today at 12:40:51 AM »
Meter Lamp Board Part No. 80-2581-A
i dont know what ITS-G stands for.   
Blubs are elongated cylinders, could be LED but strangely look incandescent
It meausres out 4mm X 18mm, soldered in at a width of approx 22mm
total of 4 bulbs

it looks like most vu meter bulbs are 8v 100ma  found some from part express ~13 shipped


 

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