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Model: 3bx III
Category: Other
Suggested Retail Price: $300
Description: 3-band dynamic range expander with impact restoral
Manufacturer URL: Not Available

Review by soldermizer on January 08, 2011 at 15:56:29
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for the 3bx III

One of several dbx expanders, this was the third of 4 "3bx" models and a very competent one. Having owned a series II and III, I could tell little difference in capability of expansion. The "Impact restoration" adds, well, impact to sudden attacks (transients).

Product Weakness: The impact restoration is fussy and with many programs notably pumps the rest of the program. The "release rate" setting is tricky.
Product Strengths: Among the best of vintage dbx expanders, if you don't count imperfect "impact restoration."

Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: Sunfire 300x2
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Mapletree Magic 5
Sources (CDP/Turntable): PC winamp
Speakers: Magnepan 1.6 QR
Cables/Interconnects: generic
Music Used (Genre/Selections): streaming audio
Time Period/Length of Audition: 2 years
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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