Let's take a look at the construction features of the dbx® 223XS. As you turn the controls you will notice that these units are extremely well built. The controls exude great precision, and the feel is a solid "click". Also, when you open the box, you won't find the external power supply that accompanies most processors in this price range. That's because we know how difficult external power supplies can be to work with and even though it costs a little more, we put the high quality power supply right in the unit. All the inputs and outputs are balanced XLRs that are screwed directly to the chassis. This connection of the jacks to the chassis insures that even if someone stomps on a cable plugged into the unit, it's not going to tear up the circuit board inside. All dbx crossovers feature Linkwitz-Riley 24dB per octave filters, the professional standard. But then again, what did you expect?
Via a switch on the back panel, you first select whether you're operating your system in stereo 2-way or mono 3-way. Then you also set, on the back panel, whether or not you want to mono sum the LF (subwoofer) out. (Most systems that use a subwoofer are mono subbed to take advantage of amplifier power and because low frequencies are non-directional.) Back panel switches allow you to select the range of the crossover frequencies individually for both channels. The crossover frequency controls have a green LED that indicates when the x10 switch on the back panel is activated (we wouldn't make you check the switch position on the back every time you wonder where it's set). All these switches are on the back panel because it could be disastrous if you were to change them mid-program. On the front panel you'll notice there are LEDs that indicate whether the unit is in mono or stereo mode. Each channel has an input gain control for proper level setting. There's a recessed 40 Hz low cut (HPF) on each channel to remove unwanted low frequencies. Both the low and high outputs on each channel have a gain control ranging from -infinity to +6 dB to allow muting of individual outputs and for level matching. Also, these outputs each have phase reverse switches that will help get you out of a bind without having to reconfigure your system. These phase reverse switches may be internally reconfigured as mute switches.
You'll get great performance, all the features you'd expect from a professional product and the knowledge that you're buying a processor from the people that have been producing the worlds finest processors for over 25 years. The technology that made us famous brings you a dbx crossover that has been tested to the highest professional standards at a price that's just too low to admit!
XLR balanced ins and outs
Mode switch for stereo 2-way or mono 3-way operation
Low frequency summed (subwoofer) output
x10 range switch on both channels
40Hz high pass (low cut) filter both channels
Phase reverse switch on all outputs
Individual level controls on all outputs
24dB per octave Linkwitz-Riley filters (the professional standard)
Stereo/Mono status LEDs indicate the selected mode
dbx® 2 year parts and labor as standard
CSA NRTL/C approved
Input Connectors XLR
Input Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input Impedance Balanced >50k ohm, unbalanced >25k ohm
Max Input >+21dBu balanced or unbalanced
CMRR >40dB, typically >50dB at 1kHz
Output Connectors XLR
Output Type Impedance-balanaced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Output Impedance Balanced 200 ohm, unbalanced 100 ohm
Max Output >+21dBu balanced/unbalanced into 2k or greater
Bandwidth 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.5dB
Frequency Response < 3 Hz to > 90 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio Ref: +4 dBu, 22 kHz measurement bandwidth
Signal-to-Noise (Stereo Mode) >94dB (Low Output), >92dB (High Output)
Signal-to-Noise (Mono Mode) >94dB (Low Output), >93dB (Mid Output), >92dB (High Output)
Dynamic Range > 114 dB, unweighted, any output
THD+Noise < 0.004% at +4 dBu, 1 kHz; < 0.04% at +20 dBu, 1 kHz
Interchannel Crosstalk < -80 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crossover Frequencies (Stereo Mode) Low/High: 45 to 960 Hz or 450 Hz to 9.6 kHz (x10 setting)
Crossover Frequencies (Mono Mode) Low/Mid: 45 to 960 Hz or 450 Hz to 9.6 kHz (x10 setting); Mid/High: 45 to 960 Hz or 450 Hz to 9.6 kHz (x10 setting)
Crossover Filter Type Linkwitz-Riley, 24 dB/octave, state-variable
Low cut Switch Activates 40 Hz Butterworth, 12 dB/octave high-pass filter, one switch per channel.
Phase Invert Switch Inverts the phase at the output, one switch per output.
x1 / x10 Switch Multiplies the low-high(mono: low/mid and high/mid) crossover frequency range of the front-panel markings by a factor of 1 or 10, one switch per channel.
Mode Switch Selects stereo 2-way or mono 3-way operation and disables all LEDs for controls that are non-functional in the selected mode.
LF Sum Switch Selects normal (stereo) or mono-summed low frequency operation and disables Ch 2's low output phase invert LED to indicate that this output is not operational in the LF sum mode.
Indicators Stereo Operation (Green); Mono Operation (Yellow); Low Cut (Red-per channel); x10 (Green-per channel); Phase Invert (Red-per output)
Operating Voltage 100 VAC 50/60 Hz; 120 VAC 60 Hz 230 VAC50 HZ
Power Consumption 15W
Power Connector IEC receptacle
Dimensions 1.75" H X 19" W X 6.9" D (4.4cm x 48.3cm x 17.5cm)
Unit Weight 3.7 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Shipping Weight 5.4 lbs. (2.5 kg)