Orange Micro Terror vs Micro Dark

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Orange Micro Terror
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Speaker connection1x 8 Ohm
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0.85 kg
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Orange Micro Dark
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Speaker connection 1x 8-16 Ohm
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The sound of the amplifiers produced by Orange is characterized by the warmth and richness of the timbre, this characteristic is due to the use of a valve circuit in the construction of the devices. The Orange amplifiers are also distinguished from the aesthetic point of view for that bright orange color that makes them recognizable.

Orange Micro Terror

What we have in our hands is a head for microscopic guitar, of those that you can even forget where you left the last time, so small and light that you can put it in a backpack and use it in pairs with headphones.

Tip:But make no mistake, with its single 12AX7/ ECC81 valve as a preamp and coupled to a solid state power output section it has the 20W announced and does a lot of honor to its name.
The Micro Terror can be plugged into to any cabinet with 4Ohm and also be associated with a 4 x 12 like any Orange head. The shapes and graphics perfectly match those of the largest model Tiny Terror (one of the 15 watt most sold in the world), already small but a giant compared to this flea.

The smallest Orange head (0.85 Kg; 16.5 x 13.5 x 9.2 cm) takes up the design and philosophy of the Tiny Terror.

  • White frame close with Zintec 1.5mm thick.
  • There is no risk of catching headache with the settings:  on the front panel we find three comfortable controls with which to tweak in a moment looking for the sound that we like best. Starting from the left the volume followed by tone and gain.
  • On the sides of the controls there are instead the input for the guitar and the headphone output.
  • Taking a look through the loopholes of the solid and well-built chassis we find a single 12AX7.
  • The entry is completed for an mp3 player and the output on the back to connect the Micro Terror to an external speaker.

We connect the power supply very similar to that of a laptop at the dedicated input and we are ready to turn on the micro beast. It is powered through a 15 volt supplier. When we have so few settings we hope they will be effective. Gain/volume ratios are very interactive and allow playing on the rendering as we want. Then just adjust the tone.
Pros
Excellent combination of price and quality
Solid and well built
Cons
Maybe: harsh-sounding headphone output
Maybe: not enough volume for playing over a loud drummer

Micro Dark


The Micro Dark head features a high gain circuit that combines the valves with solid state technology. The preamp uses a single 12AX7/ ECC83 valve and produces a wide range of sounds that can be used with warm clean sounds, soft overdrive and greasy, hot distortions.

Robust design, the solid-state output section indicates the Micro Dark can be paired with any 8-16 Ohm cabinet. The exclusive Shape control of Orange modifies the response of the midrange, interacting simultaneously with the highs and lows.


  • Type: Hybrid single-channel head tube/solid state
  • Power: 20W
  • Controls: Gain, Shape, Volume
  • Output Cabinet: 1x 8/16 Ohm
  • Exit: CabSim headphones
  • Dimensions: 165 × 135 x 95 mm
  • Weight: 0, 78 kg.

With the right combination of pickups you can move from more Zeppelin sounds to even push yourself into more modern and metal territories. This is all with the practicality of a stompbox, three knobs and lots of fun. In reality, however, connected to the guitar we always have a head, with a beautiful valve inside.
Tip:The dynamics, in fact, even if it is not a racial valve, responds well to the touch. Sure, it’s an angry amp, more devoted to wall shacking than to funk.
Pros
High fiendishness-to-weight ratio
Shape control
Cons
No Loud cab
Maybe: headphone sound is a bit synthetic

Orange Micro Terror vs Micro Dark

Ultimately what is the Micro Terror or the Micro Dark? Is an amplifier, in either case, for the study, a travel toy or an overdrive in the form of a headboard? A little is all these three things, with just over a hundred dollars in fact we bring home a box full of rock’ n ‘roll. For those not satisfied with micro travel amplifiers but want something that can duel with real guitar heads, heavy and big in the rehearsal room the Micro Terror or the Micro Dark is a panacea.

Orange has also thought of a comfortable and stylish 1×8 case to be connected. Orange is one of the undisputed references of the British sound and its Micro Terror and Micro Dark have offered   an economic and practical alternative to the cumbersome high wattage valves.

When you have 20 watts of valves available and you aim to build a home amplifier, volume is not a problem. You can concentrate on the sound; choose the voice that you prefer. Here, therefore, the mids, those that par excellence make the guitar feel more in a band; they do not need too much. The place is then yielded to low and high which, exploited properly, give the impression of a more complete sound, more organic and with more harmonics.

Tip:However, when the goal is to create a tiny amplifier, able to compete with dozens of digital processors, mini-valves and simulators of all kinds, we need to focus on providing something more to the user.
For an extremely low cost the Micro offers the characteristic Orange crunch –thanks to the proper squeeze valve – with an impressive volume, for its category.

Tip:The volume is not always linked solely to the watts indicated on the chassis, but also depends on how the designers manage the circuits.

A small expedient so widespread among guitarists can be decisive in such cases: raise the mids. The Micro pushes on the medium frequencies to get a higher perception of volume and, at the same time, to be more manageable.

 The Micro does not croak, does not buzz, and does not crackle. They pull out the well-defined notes, do they at each volume and sits perfectly in a mix or a pre-recorded base: not surprisingly, the models are also equipped with appropriate input for an external audio source.


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