DBX ZonePRO 1260m Digital Zone Processor

DBX ZonePRO 1260M

The dbx ZonePRO 1260m 12x6 Digital Zone Processor can distribute up to twelve audio sources across six mono output zones. The included software will allow you to adapt the input/outputs quickly to fit your needs.


Dbx ZonePRO 1260m 12x6 Digital Zone Processor

Product Highlights
  • 6 Independent Mono Output Zones
  • 6 Balanced Mic/Line Inputs
  • 4 Unbalanced Mono-Summed RCA Input Pairs
  • S/PDIF Input
  • ZonePRO Control Software via Ethernet
  • Supports ZC-Series Remote Controls
  • Two Software Inserts per Input Channel
  • One Software Insert per Output Zone
  • Front Panel LCD Display & Output Meters
  • Link Bus Daisy Chains to another ZonePRO

The ZonePRO 1260m's pre-configured architecture keeps the input/output addresses fixed and simple. It has six balanced Euroblock mic/line inputs with gain control, four mono-summed unbalanced RCA input pairs, and a S/PDIF input for up to two channels of digital audio. Its six zones output from balanced, line-level Euroblock connectors. 

Once the analog cables are connected, your audio system can be controlled and fine-tuned in the ZonePRO Designer software from your Windows-based PC. The output zones all have individual tone controls, including AutoWarmth and one DSP insert, for optimally tuning the speaker system to the room. To make the most of each source, the ZonePRO 1260m also has independent EQ and two selectable DSP inserts for each of the 12 inputs. 

The front panel of the 1260m has Lightpipe metering for each output and lets you alter level settings in a moment's notice. It also has Threshold meters that light up as dynamics processing on the outputs is triggered. 

The ZonePRO Designer software can be set and forgot, or it can be programmed with "Scene" changes that take effect automatically throughout the day. If you're using the ZonePRO 1260m in a restaurant that gets busier as the night goes on, an increased volume and bass response could be set to engage daily at 10pm. A subwoofer could be attached to its own zone output, and set to only be in use between 11pm and 1am. 

In addition to programmed changes, the ZonePRO 1260m can be controlled manually with dbx ZC-series remote controls. Wallmounted within output zones, ZC controls vary from a simple volume control to a rotary input-source selector. The ZonePRO 1260m supports up to 12 remote controls. 

The Link Bus allows the ZonePRO 1260m's inputs to be routed to another ZonePRO product to double its output zones. Up to 3 ZonePRO processors can be daisy-chained.

ZonePRO Designer Software
Compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, the ZonePRO Designer software provides a wide range of options for configuring the 1260m's inputs and outputs. Software inserts can apply DSP effects processing to sources and zones, and be automatically set to change on a daily schedule.
DSP effects processing
Corrective and dynamics processing can be applied individually to each of the input sources and output zones through the ZonePRO Designer software. Effects include AutoWarmth, automatic gain control, ambient noise compensation, notch filter, compressor, gate, de-esser, and advanced feedback suppression.
User friendly pre-configured input/output architecture
The analog cabling of the dbx ZonePRO 1260m is straight-forward and uncomplicated, making your inputs/outputs much easier to recognize and control from within the software.
Supports ZC-series remote controls
The ZC-series remote controls can toggle volume, input source, and Scenes. They extend from the 1260m by CAT 5 Ethernet cable, and can be mounted in an output zone up to 1,000 feet (304.8 m) away.
PC and third-party connectivity
The 1260m can connect to a Windows-based PC or a third-party controller by either Ethernet or RS-232 serial port.


Front Panel Six-segment Lightpipe output meters from -30 to +20 dBu
Output threshold meters
LCD display shows information on source, page steering, zone volume, and mute
Inputs Euroblock mic/line x6
Unbalanced, mono-summed RCA input pairs x4
S/PDIF 2 channel input x1
Input Impedance Euroblock:
>50kΩ balanced
>25kΩ unbalanced
>25kΩ unbalanced
Phantom Power +15VDC
Maximum Input Level +20dBu mic/line, +12dBu RCA
CMRR > 40dB, typically >55db @ 1kHz
Mic Pre Gain 30 to 60dB
Mic Input Noise (E.I.N.) < -118dBu, 22Hz-22kHz, 150Ω source impedance
Outputs Balanced, RF filtered Euroblock x6
Output Impedance 120Ω balanced
60Ω unbalanced
Maximum Output Level +20dBu
A/D Conversion dbx Type IV conversion system

Dynamic range line:
>113dB, A-weighted, >110dB unweighted

Type IV dynamic range:
>119dB, A-weighted, 22kHz BW
>117dB, unweighted, 22kHz BW
Sample Rate 48kHz
D/A Conversion Dynamic range:
112dB A-weighted, 109dB unweighted, 22kHz BW
DSP Effects Available on Input Inserts:
Automatic gain control
Notch filter
Advanced feedback suppression

Available on Output Inserts:
Automatic gain control
Ambient noise compensation
Dynamic Range >110dB A-weighted
>107dB unweighted
THD + N 0.003% typical at +4dBu, 1kHz, 0dB gain
Frequency Response 20 - 20,000 Hz, +/- 0.5dB
Crosstalk Interchannel: >80dB typical
Input to Output: >80dB
Propagation Delay 0.8 msec
Computer Connectivity Ethernet RJ45 x1
RS-232 serial port x1
Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
No 64-bit support
Remote Control Input RJ-45 x2
Up to 6 ZC-series remotes can be connected to each input

Wired in series: supports total distance of 300 ft (91.4 m) of CAT 5 cable
Wired in parallel using ZC-BOB: up to 1,000 ft (304.8 m) each
Operating Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 27 watts
BTU <92.13
Dimension (D x W x H) 1U rackmount: 7.75" x 19" x 1.75" (19.69 x 48.26 x 4.45 cm)
Weight 6.2 lbs (2.81 kg)

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