Allen & Heath DX168 16 XLR Input / 8 XLR Output Portable DX Expander


The DX168 is a rugged, portable expander for adding remote I/O to a dLive S Class or dLive C Class system.


Each DX168 features 16 mic preamps with independent Phantom Power LED indicators, plus 8 XLR line outs. Up to 6 DX168 units can be connected to a dLive system – 4 via the MixRack and 2 via the Surface – allowing up to 96 remote inputs and 48 remote outputs in addition to those provided by the MixRack and Surface.


The Expander’s rugged design, with hard-wearing rubber bumpers, allows it to be placed directly on the stage floor during performances. Weighing in at just 4.8kg and featuring a sturdy carry handle, the DX168 offers the convenience and portability needed in rental, education, houses of worship and many other environments. An optional 4U rack mounting kit is available which allows installation in industry standard 19-inch racks.


The DX168 connects via a single Cat5e cable to the dLive Surface, MixRack or upstream DX168 via a secure EtherCon port. A second locking EtherCon port is provided for redundant connection to compatible hardware, or for daisy-chaining to a downstream DX168 for additional remote I/O.



  • 16 Mic Preamps on XLR with Phantom Power status LEDs
  • 8 XLR Line Outs
  • Compatible with dLive S Class and dLive C Class hardware
  • Up to 6 DX168 units can be added to a dLive system for 96 inputs / 48 outputs
  • Cascade mode allows daisy-chaining of 2 DX168 Expanders for additional I/O (requires firmware 1.60 or higher)
  • Redundant DX connection to dLive S Class hardware
  • Optional 19-inch rack mount kit available
  • Plug and Play – no IP addressing required
  • Compatible with CAT5e (or higher) cables of up to 100m
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Carry handle


Allen & Heath DX 1608 Portable 16 mic/line in /8 line out expander

    • Inputs 
      • XLR Mic/Line Inputs: Balanced, +48V Phantom Power 
        • Mic/Line Preamp: Fully recallable
        • Input Sensitivity: -60 to +15dBu
        • Analogue Gain: +5 to +60dB, 1dB steps 
        • Pad: -20dB Active PAD 
        • Maximum Input Level: +30dBu (PAD in)
        • Input Impedance: >4kΩ (Pad out), >10kΩ (Pad in)
      • Mic/Line Channel noise: 22-22kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
        • Mic EIN: -127dB with 150Ω source
        • Unity gain (Pad in): -90dBu
        • Low gain (5dB, Pad out): -96dBu
        • Mid gain (30dB, Pad out): -90dBu
      • Mic/Line Channel THD+N: 22-22kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
        • Unity gain (Pad in): 0.003% -88dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
        • Low gain (5dB, Pad out): 0.002% -93dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
        • Mid gain (30dB, Pad out): 0.003% -88dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
    • Outputs
      • XLR Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected
        • Output Impedance: <75Ω
        • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
        • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
        • Residual Output Noise: -92dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)
      • Operating Temparature: 0 deg C to 35 deg C (32 deg F to 95 deg F)
      • Mains Power: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, 20W max
    • Dimensions and Weight
      • Width x Depth x Height x Weight
      • 410mm x 190mm x 185mm x 4.6kg (16.1” x 7.5” x 7.3” x 10.1lbs)


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