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Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head

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After much player demand, Orange is building on both its diminutive Micro series and high-gain Dark series with the aptly named Micro Dark. It has more gain than the original Micro Terror, and it's sm... Click To Read More About This Product

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After much player demand, Orange is building on both its diminutive Micro series and high-gain Dark series with the aptly named Micro Dark. It has more gain than the original Micro Terror, and it's smaller than the Dark Terror, an awesomely potent combination. This 20W hybrid head comes loaded with a single 12AX7 preamp tube for authentic tube overdrive, paired with a bullet-proof solid-state power section and stuck in a package that can fit in the glove box of a car. The end result is a deceptively loud head that's bursting forth with high-gain Orange tone.

The controls are simple as can be. With just three knobs - volume, shape and gain - it's unbelievely easy to dial in your tone. The shape control varies the midrange response along with the bass and treble, so rotating it to the left will add mids and smooth the highs, while a twist right will reduce the mids and brighten the tone. And one twist of the gain knob will show that, despite its adorable stature, this thing is no novelty. It cranks out serious, high-gain, face-melting tone at volumes that'll leave you shocked.

Further building on the outstanding Micro platform, the Micro Dark comes equipped with a transparent, fully buffered FX loop, so you can use your favorite pedals with ease. Using the built-in CabSim headphone output - which simulates a 4x12" cab output through headphones or as a direct out - or the optional PPC108 1x8" cab, The Micro Dark is an ideal practice rig. But if you dare to plug it into a full-sized cab, it can turn into a mighty studio weapon.

FEATURES

Power: 20W (hybrid)
Tube: one 12AX7 (preamp)
Single channel
Controls: Gain, shape, volume
Impedance: 8-16 ohms
Transparent FX loop
Headphone out with CabSim circuit
Carrying handle
Dimensions: 6.5 in. x 5.3 in. x 3.74 in.
Weight: 1.72 lbs.
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Orange AmplifiersMicro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Portable (23)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Warm / comfy (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (7)

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smaller than a breadbox, louder than it looks

By I have no nickname

from New Orleans, LA

Pros

  • affordable
  • LOUD
  • Tiny

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

      Super small, super lightweight, and super loud.

      I picked up one of these yesterday and was immensely impressed. I plugged it into a 4x12 cabinet and it pushed like something three times its size. The price makes it an incredible buy.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Impressed - big upgrade from the Micro Terror

      By danob

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

        I'm not the type who writes reviews, but felt compelled for this little amp. I have many tube amps (Hughes & Kuttner, etc) and good gear (Les Paul Classic, American Tele, Godin, etc). I used to enjoy Metal, but over the years my taste mellowed out and I enjoy Blues, clean, or use a vintage Rat at low settings for a good growl on occasion.

        I had purchased a Micro Terror for home practice... had experimented with tube swaps, and still couldn't find the tone that I really liked... I used an EQ to make it sound better, then it became a paper weight. After hearing clips of this new Micro Dark, I decided to try it. I was afraid it was only geared for Metal heads... but it is more versatile.

        It obviously has an FX Loop, and speaker emulated headphone output (2 welcome additions). But... it also sounds better! Using a 1x12 sealed cab, It has better cleans and headroom than the Mirco Terror, sounds better for blues, rock, and metal. The tone knob is quite different, and really shapes your tone. I can almost get the vintage Rat growl I love with the amp alone!

        The Micro Terror felt like a toy, this Micro Dark feels like a piece of gear I will enjoy for years.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Crunch is off the hook

        By cptnfalcon111

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

          The tone off this thing is amazing, puts every solid state and digital amplifier i've ever played to shame. And honestly i think it holds its own against a lot of tube amps especially considering its 20 watts and you can turn the volume low enough to play in your apartment and still get tube distortion.
          Got this amp hooked up to an Orange cab, 12" vintage celestion speaker. Sounds amazing. The amp itself is powerful enough to drive at least a 4x12 cab and is great for home recording and for gigging (played it in the store hooked up to a 4x12 mesa boogie cab). Keep the gain just below the break up level (~3 o'clock) and you get a fantastic crunch sound. Sustain is great. Haven't used reverb since i got this thing, don't need it, don't miss it. Not a lot of negatives. The headphone output isn't good for direct recording.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well worth the $

          By Jukebox Johnny

          from Alton,NH

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good tube tone
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances
            • Practice

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

            I use it through a 1x12 cabinet with a Celestion Anniversary v30. Great clean and heavy overdrive sounds. With a Strar you can get the Sweet Home Alabama tone, with a humbucker equipped guitar you can get serious crunch tone. I prefer the shape control between 3-4 o'clock; anything past that sounds too metal for my tastes. Not a big fan of the headphone output.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A lot for a little.

            By Jason

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

            Cool little amp that's a lot more than you expect.
            It makes a really weird noise when you turn it off, with headphones plugged in. Not sure what that's about.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great from clean to all out gain

            By Matt

            from MO.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

              Great little practice amp and more. I put mine on top of a stock VHT special 6 1×12 cabinet, it's has great response and full tone top to bottom with the 12 inch closed back cab. Easy to dial in anything from clean shimmer to high gain grind.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this amp again. I would recommend it to others.

              By Steve H.

              from east valley, Az

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Simulates the sound of a bigger Orange Amp, even

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                I wanted to have my Les Paul sound like a Les Paul, even in the headphones. I wanted that special sound when I practice. The Micro Terror meets that need. I haven't yet figured out how to get the pedal sounds just right but I'm working on it. A descriptive brochure on how to use it with pedals would have been helpful. I do get a variety of great tones without the pedals so I am not worried about that right now. The Micro Dark is a bargain for what it can do.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very satisfied with this product!

                By Big T

                from Inman, Ks.

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                  Great amp for home use! I run a processor thru it,and I get the exact sound Im looking for.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My new favorite piece of equipment

                  By Rob

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                  Just the most perfect solution for my home studio needs. So simple to dial in perfect tone.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love it!

                  By Héctor

                  from Mexico city

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                    it´s perfect for small rooms.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    For the money ++++

                    By John Pole Jones

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Practice

                      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                      I played a lot in my youth but last 20 years not so much. Had the opportunity to jam with a friends JCM 800 a couple of months ago and since then I've been thinking about getting something to use at home.
                      Saw this used for 129 at my local GC, demo'd it with a Orange 2x12 and I was sold. I picked it up with a Orange 1x12 cab. And now my fingertips are really sore, been playing for hours.
                      Now this is of course not a JCM 800 and it is also not $2000 for amp and cab.
                      But in the hours I played with it I dialed up a very reasonable AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Judas P, BOC tones with my Les Paul Studio. Yeah that is my jam, 70s and 80s hard rock and metal. Next I will be digging up my old OD and Dist pedals and see what I can do with that.
                      And it is loud as in louder than you can play at home without getting ringtones in your ears.
                      I will be looking in to an EQ pedal and maybe some type of reverb as well but no hurry. Overall I'm very pleased after the first few hours.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great sound out of a very small package!

                      By John

                      from New Mexico

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                          Great practice amp with pedal friendly set up

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Amazing little amp!

                          By Clint

                          from Indiana, PA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Portable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                            I was looking around for a small amp that I could use to mainly just rock out at home and not disturb the neighbors. After reading lots of reviews I decided to go with the Orange Micro Dark, it just seemed to have all the features I was looking for. I had previously owned a Peavey XXX half stack, but it just wasn't practical to use at home anymore so I wanted something smaller that would still give me a good tube driven sound.

                            Can this amp do metal? The answer is yes, and it does an awesome job at it too. I play a lot of technical death metal and was impressed at the amount of gain this little amp can crank out. The amp itself can get dirty enough to handle some pretty aggressive tones, but it does lack a little bottom end. It can sound a little "spongy" rather than the tight and punchy sound I love. I'm currently running this head through the matching Orange PPC108 Black Cab. I know plugging this head into a 2x12 or even a 4x12 would solve the issue with the bottom end, but since I no longer have my 4x12 cab, I put an Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini in front of the amp and it seems to tighten everything up.

                            I like to keep the gain around the 3 o'clock position and the shape control around 2 o'clock so the mids are a little scooped. I would also like to try an EQ pedal through the amps effects loop, but I have yet to do so. The cab-sim built into the headphone jack is OK, not really something I'll ever use, but it's a cool feature for someone that can't have their amp blasting all the time. Another small issue I'm concerned about is the on/off toggle switch. It works perfectly, but it does seem kinda brittle like it could eventually break off after lots of use. Not a huge problem, but still just a minor issue that could pose an issue in the future.

                            Overall this amp is definitely worth the price! The sounds you can get out of this little amp seems absurd for a price under $200. In my opinion, Orange did an excellent job with the Micro Dark!

                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            one of the best items i ever purchased

                            By softtaildeluxe

                            from attleboro MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Portable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                no cons great sound in a very small package

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great amp for both recording and performing

                                By Chieh

                                from West Lafayette, IN

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Good Warmth
                                • Portable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Need a separated volume control for line out

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                When I first plugged my guitar directly into the Orange Micro Dark without any effect, it shocked me. Warm and nice tube sound. It can get from very clean to high gain metal and all the stuffs in between. The "shape" control knob is great and very different from tone knob on most amplifiers.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome.

                                By Klane

                                from Minnesota

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Good Warmth
                                • Portable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                  This little powerhouse didn't push air until I wired a 2x12 with 16 ohm speakers in parallel, then it really got loud. It has an 8 ohm speaker out, so just make sure you give it what it needs. I also got an inexpensive tomsline boost pedal in the fx loop to give it more clean headroom. I could run pedals in front, but I am just happy with the simplicity of it all as is.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  This Worked for Me

                                  By Fart Sorcerer

                                  from Cambodia, USA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Portable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Apartment
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Practice

                                    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                    I bought this to try out for playing in my apartment. I have two other heads that are 100W and 120W tube. It is impossible to play either of those at a volume even slightly reasonable for a shared space. I tried purchasing a 5W all tube head and even that I had to turn up too loud for my apartment. When I saw this hybrid I thought it might be exactly what I needed. Tube pre-amp section and solid state power. This worked. You can get a decent, cranked tube sound at lower volumes. It's basically the best thing I've found so far for my home situation. It can get loud too. Having the volume even just around 11 o'clock is loud enough to play along with drums. A con for me is the one tone knob. I was able to find a sweet spot that works for me. I'm not into scooped mids but if you like to set up your EQ that way you won't have any issue at all. Also one thing about this that I think is straight up stupid is the dinky little power toggle. There is absolutely no reason they didn't have enough room in this thing to fit a full size toggle switch. Mine broke off the third day I owned it. Don't even gently toss it onto a car seat or couch, or carry inside a cable bag or anything like that. Otherwise you should be fine. Overall, knowing what I do now I would still buy it again.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I love it

                                    By Matt

                                    from Everett, WA

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Good Warmth
                                    • Portable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances
                                      • Practice

                                      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                      This little amp sounds amazing! From clean tones, to classic rock and metal, rhythm and lead... You can get it all. I plug an MXR six-band EQ in front of mine to tighten things up.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Orange is my new favorite color

                                      By Sean

                                      from undisclosed

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                      This little amp kicks!! Love the tones I can get out of it. Only con is there's no reverb so you'll need to loop a pedal. I'm glad I bought this.

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Highly recommended for that wonderful tube sound

                                      By Norco Frank

                                      from Norco CA.

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Good Warmth
                                      • Portable
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head:

                                        Wonderful and powerful little guy! The amp delivers the tube sound I was looking for when playing Maiden,Sabbath, etc. The paired 1x8 speaker is excellent for in the room practice but plugged into a 2x12 or a 4x12 this thing really shows it's stuff

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