DBX 131 graphic EQ

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Published on May 31, 2009 with No Comments

DBX 131 is an ideal entry level equalizer for working DJs and more

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I have a thing for companies loyal to their initial "calling", meaning they stick to what they started on doing in the first place, supposing, of course, that they get better at it. Well, DBX started out with noise reducing and audio dynamics products and they’re now "the professional’s choice in signal processing". That’s pretty much the same soup bowl for DBX, so way to go there, but also, let’s take a look at what they can offer to the working DJ before extending the congrats. Although the DBX products cover almost the whole range available, the regular working DJ might benefit from say, an equalizer, right? I know I personally love toying around with these things and the bigger the control, the more fun you can have. Not to mention with the right setting, a DJ product like this can single-handly bring your mixes to a whole new level. We’re settled on EQs then, and we’ll start small, as usual, say, the DBX 131 model from their 2-series equalizers (which are also the entry level group).

The DBX 131 is a single channel graphic equalizer sporting a control not many DJ products out there can handle…31 band to adjust for your audio. Despite this huge control it offers to working DJs DBX 131 is more of a starter DJ kind of DJ product because it’s as simple as an equalizer can ever get. First, the single channel, although it might be a turn off for pro working DJs, is a blessing in disguise for starter DJ, as there are no headaches about multiple channels. Just put the DBX 131 between your DJ mixer and amplifier and the DBX 131 will then let you enhance the master output from your DJ mixer. Simple, easy, sound improving solution, right?

DBX 131 DJ graphic equalizer EQ

The main controls on the DBX 131 are straightforward 20 mm faders for each band and not much more, to be honest. Besides a convenient bypass switch on the front panel to leave the audio unchanged, there are the 4 segment LED indicators for monitoring the output levels and that’s pretty much everything a working DJ will ever get to control on the DBX 131. The internals of the 2-series EQ from DBX and those of DBX 131 also have more to talk about, though, and they’re proving to be quite an intriguing entry level DJ product with all that quality underneath. What a working DJ can expect from the entire 2-series, and from the DBX 131 too is:

  • truly outstanding frequency response of 10 Hz all the way to 50 kHz, pretty much the only DJ product on this site that I can say that about (I think…)
  • unsurprisingly, the dynamic range is also impressive, at an entire 108 dB to cover
  • the heart behind the 2-series EQs from DBX is the internal torodial transformer
  • versatility that allows the 2-series to integrate in studios and home studios, tour setups, DJ setups, or just in a regular working DJ gig

The DBX 131 also offers the regular features that any working DJ would expect from his equalizer, and doesn’t fail to perform in any DJ application, as the main advantage of DBX 131‘s simplicity for the working DJ is its ability to perform in more than one situation. As you may know by now, the DBX 131 isn’t picky about what he works with, be it top notchDJ equipment or something old and used, DBX 131 will do its job nonetheless, giving the working DJ the control he needs over that master output audio. For this easy connection and integration into different DJ setups, DBX 131 features the regular XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs, which are actually all balanced/unbalanced.

A bit of technology characteristics on the DBX 131, for working DJs who like to really carefully observe their future investment, include:

  • 1/3 octave with Constant Q frequency bands
  • ISO frequency centers
  • the boost/cut ranges on DBX 131 are switchable between +/- 6 dB and +/- 12 dB
  • and a +/- 12 dB input gain range…
  • …and a bit more into the pure EQ part of DBX 131, 12 dB per octave and 3 dB down at 50 Hz low-cut filters
  • …and everything mentioned before for the 2-series DBX EQs

For a more detailed look and in case I left anything out, the DBX website has all the info on their 131 equalizer model, along with a PDF user manual, but the main idea is that with all the internal quality and the external ease of use, DBX 131 makes a strong choice for starter DJ and people looking for an entry level EQ.

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