Menacingly small, easily recognisable, this aggressive Orange DA15H Dark Terror 15 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head comes with a mind-blowing sound which combines the Shape control of the Thunder series with ... Read More
Menacingly small, easily recognisable, this aggressive Orange DA15H Dark Terror 15 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head comes with a mind-blowing sound which combines the Shape control of the Thunder series with the weight and size of the monster Terror family. This Frankenstein-like amp has creepy amounts of gain on tap with disturbingly pleasurable responsiveness. It is uncompromisingly brutal, doubtless unhinged, even ferocious. The Dark Terror rises from the ethereal depths to fulfil the every desire of the Heavy Metal and Rock guitar players. With its characteristic fearless Orange Amp looks, heavy duty construction and portability, guitar players everywhere will quickly become attuned to this scary dark force of nature.
The Dark Terror is highest gain Terror amp ever. Hear its distinctive Orange Amp sound and you will feel this mysteriously attractive force pulling you into the shadow of the Dark Terror. It's everything you want from a Black Orange Amp. Prepare to ride the Dark Terror storm.
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This amp is cool for sure. The rock/metal tones it produces are very nice. The clean is relatively sparkly and can be used as well. The biggest issue with this amp is, for paying $650, it really has no options. No channels, no mid, bass, treble. Just volume, tone, and gain... THAT IS IT. 15 watts is surprisingly loud, it is very responsive too. There simply just is not a lot you can do without something to control your settings. I think this should be a 500 dollar amp or less. If you are not gigging and you just need some real valve style tone, great choice. If you like to tinker... eh I don't know. I do not own one my self, however I play one at my local guitar center every time I go there so I have had some time with it. After all.. I want one haha!
I listened to this with my Bose noise-cancelling earphones and I was BLOWN AWAY. The cleans are beautiful and as you increase the gain, you get everything from classic rock (Zeppelin, Hendrix, AC/DC, Sabbath, etc.)all the way to the heaviest of the heavy (Metallica, Slayer, The Sword, Sleep, Melvins, etc.) This head is ABOSOLUTELY the best sounding amp I have ever heard. Do yourself a favor and play one at your local guitar store. I was leaning toward the TH30 at first because of the higher wattage and channel switching, but the tone of the distortion on the Dark Terror is what sold me. I have no more need for any OD/distortion pedals. The tone sends chills up my spine every time I play. I have my Dark Terror running though an Orange PPC212 16? Open Back cab, as well as a Marshall 8412 4X12 8? cab which has Celestion G12L-35's, which have the smaller "L" (light) magnets on them, which works well with the low wattage of the Dark Terror. It gives the sound a little extra thump, but can get a tad muddy at higher volumes. I'll be getting the Orange PPC212 Closed Back cab at some point to replace the Marshall, which I originally had my Laney Pro-Linebacker 100 SS amp run through.
This amp is amazing. I bought it cause I wanted a cheap amp with an FX loop, so I decided on the dark terror cause I knew Orange made good products. What ended up happening was me learning A LOT. For one this amp can do clean don't let anyone tell you it can't. The amp is very responsive to your picking so if you turn down the volume knob and pick softly you can get a good clean sound. And then you can turn it back up and get great crunchy distortion. The distortion is very smooth and crunchy with the right cab and its extremely portable. great for gigs. and its Loud. Very Loud. And also can do bedroom levels well, just switch it down to 7 watts. Its a great amp with a great tone. One channel is all you need sometimes.
Well, was looking for a low watt amp to play at home. Loved Mesa's and the Lamb of God sound, but couldn't afford one/couldn't play a Mark IV in my tiny practice room. Went with the dark terror and was pleasantly surprised. It definitely doesn't have the modern "tight" metal lows, but what it does have sounds uniquely awesome. Little loose, way dirty, waaaaay heavy. This thing is can get crazy loud too! Plenty of modern scooped heavyness with the tone nob cranked to the right. Mastodon-ish amp for sure. Found the unique tone I didn't even know I wanted...I'm an Orange boy now. PS...you definitely need a noise gate for this bad boy. It's pretty noisy (low watt/high gain, whatcha gonna do) and feeds back a lot in a small room (which is sweet sometimes!)
I have had this head for quite some time now and I still can't get over it. I was looking for something to get good Black Sabbath and Mastodon tones. I paired it with an orange closed back 2x12 cab and it is a powerhouse. I can't get over the way Black sabbath riffs sound. The 7/15 watt option is fantastic. For practicing at home the 7 watts is perfect. The 15 watts is great for playing with a drum set. If gigging with this head you may have to be mic'd. I play my Esp EC-1000 through it and with the EMG pickups and the amount of gain, you can really get some fantastic metal sounds. You can back off the gain a bit and get some great classic rock tones as well. I have a Fender strat with seymour duncan single coils and it sounds fantasic as well. To my suprise, I even got decent surf sounds with the gain turned down and slight reverb. I haven't really utilized the effects loop but I know it is a necessity for some. If you are looking for an amp that gives you a lot of gain this is for you. I love the simplicity of it. I am one to think that 'less is more.' I like the fact that there is only volume, tone, and gain. What else do you need?
Don't let its small size fool you, this has some monsterous gain and distortion for a small amp . Sence its so compact its great for playing in smaller venues. The 7 or 15 watt option is nice for a house environment. The only two things I don't like about it is you realy get a loud clean sound from it and the other thing is there is no foot swich for it,but other than that its a great amp with cool looks awesome distortion.
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