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Based on 2 Reviews and 4 Ratings
Mine is the "XT" version, modded by Revive Audio...
...and it rocks! Probably my favorite vocal tracking compressor, and also a real threat on the parallel drum bus. The only thing I don't like it on is "slap" bass, and maybe 2-buss. The mod basically spiffed up the sound (flatter response, less midrange hollowness) and also made the output gain noticeably cleaner, or at least better-sounding at higher levels.
I took my 160a out of the main rack
I recently acquired a well loved 160x from a nearby hire company that's going under in the pandemic. I've never had an X. XT and A side by side until now.... though there have been few changes to the circuit apart from a switch to a 3rd party copy of the VCA over the in house 70s/8-0s version having tis 80s X side by side with the A I prefer the X. it actually sounds better to me in subtle ways. The time constants feel a little more music and non-linear.... the old fella is actually a more music device and I think it will see more action than my kick drums. I like this as much as my valley units and that's high praise. The reputaton of the 70s and 80s units is well founded and now i want a 160 or 165