dbx 286s Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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Ezzard C. King
from Monticello, MN United States
April 20, 2012Music Background:
Best customer service around, "HANDS DOWN"!!Hi to all that read's this. Didin't really know much about purchasing hardware at all, but the Sweetwater staff helped make my selection much easier. Above & beyond the service you usually get from a company. Was really surprised at how they go that extra mile to make sure your purchase is something you'll enjoy. Sweetwater ROCKS & i would definitely recommend them as a solid place to do business with. So if you ever need any gear, or have any questions about gear, Sweetwater is the place is definitely the place for you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SWEETWATER STAFF.
March 9, 2012Music Background:
Broadcast Engineer and Bass Player
Great for Broadcast!Over the years, I've probably installed more than 60 dbx 286 series mic processors. They are priced well, and perform great for broadcast and voice-over use. You can go from very light processing, to very heavy processing. The way the EQ works is also unique. I've recently been installing the S version of this processor. In some cases in the same studios along side the earlier versions. I really can't hear any difference between the two. The gate may work slightly better on the S version, but that might just be my imagination. I've also used the 286 as a bass guitar processor, and was very happy with the results.
from Hays, KS
February 8, 2012Music Background:
FOH Enginer, Radio engineer
Great tools!One of the best all-around tools in my audio tool-box. I have at least 20 of them, Use them for on-air mics in the radio station, live sound, and a few specialized compressor applications.
from Buffalo, New York
April 2, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer / Broadcst Technician
The line level utput is not balancedIf you want to use the output to dive a wire that is longer than 15 fett, understand that the output is not balanced.
Use the tip and ring to see if you get audio then try tip to sleeve then ring to sleeve and you will see what I mean.
Beyond that the compression setting are confusing to me.
I am used to the old wood paneled DBX160/161 which I have used since the late 1970's so I know what a compressor is and does.
This 286 should have used the compression section fron the 166 or 266. The de-esser is adaquate. The enhancer could have been an EQ section. I dont want or need the gate. Lo cut should be frequency selectable. Price doesn't dictate good ideas.