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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... Read More

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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 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Portable (11)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Performances (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
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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

       
      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!

         
        5.0

        The little giant

        By Dalton

        from Grand Haven, MI

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Amp on the go
          • Home Studio

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

          This amp head may be tiny, but plug it into a cab and it has a HUGE sound. Great for classic rock, and has seemingly endless face-melting gain for metal. Being able to bring an amp with this quality of sound in a guitar case is absolutely astonishing, cudos to Orange.

           
          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

               
              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

              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.

                 
                5.0

                Great things come in small packages.

                By Mikefastroman

                from CT

                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:

                  This thing has power! Even though it's has three knobs it's got all the gain and tone you'll need. Halfway Is loud enough for a full and practice. Planning to use it for some shows in the future.

                  (2 of 2 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.

                    (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.

                       
                      4.0

                      i would reccomend

                      By jp123

                      from ny

                      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:

                        sounds great

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