dbx 286s Microphone Preamp and Processor

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Performance and value. The dbx 286s delivers

[insert dramatic music] In a world where microphone preamps and processors could each set you back four-figures in US dollars, a loan competitor reigns supreme. [dim music]

Dramatic, but true. The dbx 286 line is well respected and hits a budget minded price point. A one rack-unit device, the 286s is the latest offering from dbx.

You’ll find a clean mic preamp, compressor, de-esser, noise gate and low/high frequency enhancement. What I liked most about the 286s overall is the responsiveness. From preamp to compressor and filters, the range is quite wide and more than adequate.

If I could single out the biggest difference between a high-dollar (four figures in US dollars) strip and the 286s, it would be the ‘sound’ of the pre-amp. While quiet and well behaved, I wanted a bit more character.
…a bit of that analog inspiration

Having said that, I found the 286s to be a pleasure. The affordable price point is stunning and the performance rises above expectations.

But, don’t let me bore you with words. Listen in as we plug in and power on for a hands (and ears) on demo.

Listen in and let me know what you think?

Drop me an email with your own MP3 file and we’ll do our best to put you ‘on-the-air’.
mark [at] newmediagear [dot] com

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