Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head


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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


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Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head

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from Browning, IL


  • Easy To Operate
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Comments about Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head:

Awesome little head. When I first saw this thing, I almost started laughing. It looked like a toy. Then I plugged a guitar into it and my laugh inside turned into WOW! It was plugged into the PPC108 and still didn't sound to bad. Plug it into a 1x12, 2x12 or 4x12 and look out. I had no idea that this little thing had enough power to operate a 2x12 or 4x12 cab, but it does. The blue pilot light is a plus over the typical orange colored one also. It sounds good, to my ears, by itself, with effect pedals and with an RP360 multi-effect pedal. I put this up against the Micro Terror and the Ibanez TSA15 combo and when it was all said and done, the Micro Dark won hands down. Before you point at it and laugh, give it a test drive and be surprised for the size.

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

    This is a VERY cool little head. Unbelievable sound and volume. When testing it at SA, everyone that walked past stopped and complimented the tone and shook their heads in disbelief that it came from this micro dark.

    the's a fantastic rock amp with many USABLE levels of distortion. can go from Zep to AC/DC to G'n'R by turning it one to two notches at a time. very portable and the FX loop is really nice. good variety of sounds using the shape knob. Gets very loud, very quick. I'm running it through my Marshall 1960 cab and I'm very surprised how it pushed the 4x12's.

    the not as good...i do not think it's very good for metal.. maybe some 80's, sure. current day, not as much. i also thought the orange PPC 108 cab could not handle this amp. after playing through the ppc 112, it took about 2 seconds to determine this amp as being too powerful for the little cab.

    great amp, depending on what you're looking for. sounds amazing for less that $200

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    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
    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.

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