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Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head

 
4.7

(34 reviews)

$189.00 MSRP: $249.00 Save : $60.00 (24%)
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A pint-sized, high-gain hybrid tube head that's big on tone and small in size: the Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head.

The ultra-compact Micro Dark valve hybrid head builds on Orange's acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Terror amps to give you that unsurpassed Orange tone in an incredibly small hybrid package. With 20-watts of power and tons of gain on tap, the Micro Dark is the ultimate amp for hard rockers and metal players looking for a small practice or studio amp that doesn't sacrifice tone or performance. Although the Micro Dark is voiced to satisfy even the most discerning devotees of distortion, it delivers a nice clean tone as well.

The Micro Dark also features Orange's intuitive Shape control along with an all-new 12AX7-driven high-gain preamp section to offer an array of screaming over-the-top tones that you normally wouldn't expect from such a small amp. Just like its big brothers, this tiny beast sports smoky black chassis and a no-nonsense 3-knob control layout that disguises this amps surprising versatility. Other premium features include a headphone jack with Orange's unique CabSim circuitry and a fully buffered effects loop. Pair the Micro Dark up with the optional PPC108 cab and you've got yourself the perfect rehearsal rig. Plug into a larger cabinet and the Micro Dark might be your new amp of choice for recording in the studio.

Valve/Solid State Hybrid Design
The Micro Dark sports a new high gain circuit which blends valve and solid state technology. The preamp uses single 12AX7/ECC83 valve and produces a huge range of usable tones with warm cleans, smooth overdrive and fat, singing distortion. Its solid state output section puts out 20 Watts and can be can be paired with any 8 or 16 Ohm cabinet.

Shape Control
Orange's exclusive Shape control varies the midrange response whilst interacting with the bass and treble. Working from the 12 o'clock position, a subtle nudge to the left adds more midrange and smooths the highs. A clockwise notch or two reduces the mids and brightens the tone.

At the extremes the Shape's effect becomes even more pronounced, especially as you begin to push the Gain control. A scooped, thrashy voicing with an aggressive 'smiley face' EQ is easily achieved in the fully clockwise position, whilst turning fully anticlockwise boosts the mids, for a more classic 'bark'.

Buffered Effects Loop
The Micro Dark's fully buffered, low impedance loop allows for any number of effects and cables to be patched in without sacrificing tone. It's incredibly transparent, meaning your pedal arsenal will perform to its absolute peak.

CabSim Headphone Output
A popular feature on Orange's Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes their CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 4x12" cabinet loaded with Orange's flagship Voice of the World speakers. Use headphones for silent practice or connect to a mixer/recording console to capture huge, authentic Orange tones in the studio.

Get your Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Amplifier Head
  • Power Supply
Reviews

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Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Great tone (3)
  • Light weight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Studio (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Small package, big sound

By 

from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

The Micro Dark is a great little amp head. It's small size makes it very portable and yet it has a great tone and can get very loud. Very good for recording because it has an amazing clean tone and can give you a great crunch for the dirty parts of any song. This guy even has an fx loop which is pretty unheard of for something this small.

 
5.0

Powerful

By 

from New York, NY

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • ligh-weight
  • portable
  • powerful
  • versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • practice
    • recording

    Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

    Pretty powerful for a small head. The 12AX7 tube definitely rounds up and warms up the tone. Amazing high-gain tones and does a pretty smooth clean as well. FX loop is a nice bonus if you want to run your pedals that way, sounds fine if you go direct in either way.

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    5.0

    Little amp, Big sound

    By 

    from Cincinnati Oh

    Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

    This amp works great for home recording and jam sessions with friends. The small size makes it easy to carry around and works as a good back up if you stage amp starts to bug out. Geared towards those playing heavier rock this tiny amp pumps out a dark tone and all the gain and overdrive you could ask for.

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    4.0

    GREAT LITTLE POWERHOUSE

    By 

    from Cincinnati

    Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

    This little head has a ton of power, so don't let its small size deceive you, this amp packs a punch! Great for at home recording or practice, it's equally awesome for gigs and band practice with its great sounding distortion and smooth clean tones. Good things do come in small packages.

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    5.0

    A tiny box with tons of power

    By 

    from Cincinnati, OH

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • lightweight
    • loud
    • simple configuration
    • very small

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • gigs
      • practice
      • recording

      Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

      This little things packs some serious punch. If you're tired of lugging around a heavy stack or a combo, this guy might be your answer. Very simple controls in a super-compact format without forfeiting the unmistakable Orange tone and power.

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      5.0

      Killer Amp Head!

      By 

      from Huntington Station, NY

      Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

      Having actually bought this head, I am in love with it. Orange makes 20 watts go a long way with this one. I can plug this into anything and make it sound 100% amazing. 100% gig ready, this head produces a walloping sound, while still maintaining a balance of tone whether you going for a clean or gritty sound. This is by far one of my top 5 favorite heads and I recommend everyone pick this up immediately, the price alone is more than enough justification for the purchase.

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      4.0

      Great little amp head for the price!

      By 

      from Cincinnati, OH

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • High output volume/low wattage

      Cons

      • Slight loss of clarity at high volumes

      Best Uses

      • Practicing/Bar Gigs/Recording

      Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

      This little Micro Dark 20-Watt guitar amp head is great for home recording/practice space or for playing a smaller venue. Has great tone at low volumes and pumps out good quality sound. The only slight downside is the loss of clarity at the higher volume levels. 4/5

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      5.0

      Saturated drive tones

      By 

      from Cincinatti, OH

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Tube crunch at low volumes, headphone out

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

          It is difficult to get a good tube-driven distortion from your 100 watt or even 15 watt amp at reasonable volumes, so in steps Orange with the Micro Dark. This is for the bedroom jammer sick of thin lead tones and complaints from the neighbors. Headphone out means saturated lead tones any time of day.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          DARKNESS!!!

          By 

          from Huntington Station, NY

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • SIMPLE TO USE
          • SOUNDS GREAT

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HOME STUDIO
            • SMALL GIG

            Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

            Big sound for such a small head. Tube driven dark crunchy goodness. Great for studio work as well gigging.

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            4.0

            The traditional Orange roar in a small package

            By 

            from Columbus ohio

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • portable
            • versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

                Great sounding British style overdrive in a small portable amp. One AX7 Tube preamp also gives good clean sounds for a truly versatile portable head that is a good host amp for pedals. Works great with any 8 or 16 ohm speaker cab. Hands on review by Jim at Sam Ash 36

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                Specs
                Amp Type Hybrid
                Channels 1
                Watts 20
                Other Features High-Gain Preamp, Shape Control, Fully Buffered Effects Loop and CabSim-Loaded Headphone Output, 12AX7-Driven Preamp

                Gain, Shape and Volume Controls

                Matte Black Finish (Steel Chassis)

                1 x 8-16 Ohm Cabinet, Rated at 20 Watts or Greater
                Weight 1.72 lbs.
                Dimensions 6.5 x 5.31 x 3.74 inches (WxHxD) - Unboxed
                Series Terror Series
                Model Micro Dark
                More Info
                Warranty Info:

                Orange Music Electronic Company Inc. (Orange USA) warrants that Orange Products purchased through an Authorised Dealer of Orange USA will be free from defects in parts and workmanship for an initial period of 1 year (365 days) from the date of purchase.

                This Warranty shall be applicable when You present the Product along with the original sales receipt and/or proof of purchase.

                What is Not Covered:

                • Damage caused by negligence, abuse, modification, improper use, incorrect voltages, incorrect polarity or the use of power supplies not recommended by Orange USA.
                • Damage caused by another product.
                • General wear and tear.
                • Damage caused during transportation of the product.
                • Damage caused by repair or service carried out by persons not authorized by Orange USA.
                • A Product with a serial number which has been defaced, removed etc.
                • A Product which was not purchased from an Authorized Dealer within the USA

                This Warranty shall be effective from the date of purchase and cover the following Products and components for a period of:

                • Amplifiers, preamplifiers, effects pedals – 1 year, extendable* to 2 years
                • Speaker enclosures (cabinets) – 1 year, extendable* to 2 years
                • Valves (vacuum tubes) and Speakers in Orange Products or supplied by OMEC Ltd. – 90 days

                *The Extended Warranty Period is only applicable if the USA Registration form is submitted prior to the expiry of the initial 1 year warranty which begins at the date of purchase. It is Your responsibility to submit this information and We shall not be liable nor do We accept any responsibility whatsoever for non-receipt of this information.

                If a warranty or RMA claim is made within 90 days of the purchase date of the Product, Orange USA pays ground shipping both ways.

                For non-warranty repairs, the customer pays shipping both ways.  Repair charges must be paid within 45 days of the repair completion or the Product becomes the property of Orange USA.

                The Warranty Service:

                • The Warranty Service may include repairs or replacement of the Product in accordance with the terms set out herein.
                • We will endeavour to repair the defective Product at no cost.
                • If we are unable to repair the defective Product, we reserve the right to provide you with a replacement which may or may not be a reconditioned unit.
                • In the event a repair or replacement has been made, we shall be entitled to take and keep possession of the defective Product which is deemed to be beyond repair during the Warranty Period.
                • Providing the defective Product is covered by the terms of this Warranty we shall be responsible for the cost of returning your unit to You.

                For additional warranty information, please visit: https://orangeamps.com/usa-warranty-terms-and-conditions/

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