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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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Overview

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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Portable (19)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Warm / comfy (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (5)

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(12 of 12 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.

        (3 of 3 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.

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