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The DBX DX5 features three unique dbx signal processing circuits:

DAIR (digital audio impact recovery), a 2-band design for adding impact to musical transients.

Compression control, also a 2-band design, for background listening, making car cassettes, and easier taping of CDs.

Ambience control, for adding and subtracting difference information in the midrange and treble, increasing/decreasing the spaciousness of the sound.


Disc format: CD

Digital converter: 2 x PCM56P, 16 bit, linear phase

CD Mechanism: SF-86

Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic range: 96dB

Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB

Channel separation: 90dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%

Line output: 2V

Dimensions: 17-1/8 x 3-1/2 x 11-7/8 inches

Weight: 11lbs



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Reviewed May 25th, 2018 by Adam Garrett

The sound is so crisp. The ambiance turned on with the DAIC about 1/2 way really affects the impact of the music. I love this CD player.

Reviewed Apr 15th, 2018 by Utahblaine

purchased this unit 1986 in japan, just quit a week ago, but what a player. remote still worked perfect, may try to repair. we will see

Reviewed Mar 16th, 2018 by analogman70

From a build rating 7 out of 10 From a sound quality 9 out of 10 Opinions are like a@sholes So take mine as being mine and decide for yourself.

Reviewed Apr 09th, 2012 by megawatt13

This cd player happens to be an awesome deck and worth the right money



re: DBX DX5 tray belt

I remain the original owner of a DX5 purchased 1988. The rubber CD tray drive belt hardens with age, began to slip, and finally refused to open the tray. OEM belts are not available, and there is no source of belts that I have found on the net. Today I purchased a 30mmID x 2mm thick rubber o-ring at my local Ace Hardware. Installation is tricky, but not complicated once you have studied the exploded parts diagrams available in the HFE Library. After installation the CD tray works like new.

re: DBX DX5 tray belt

Had same CD was in storage with a dbx 5 digital expander & 2 soundfield 10 speakers for a number of years. Same thing happened, rubber broke apart Was lucky to find great repair shop in Malvern pa. He was able to fix that and also bring back to life a Luxman rr117 back to life. The right channel on 5dx is acting up, will bring that to see if he can fix it. Glad you got your cd fixed, it’s a great player

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