Micro Terror Review

manufacturer: Orange date: 07/26/2016 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Orange: Micro Terror
The Micro Terror is a 20 watt single channel hybrid amp head. Which means it has a valve preamp and a solid state power amp.
 Sound: 8.4
 Overall Impression: 8.4
 Reliability & Durability: 9.4
 Features: 8.2
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overall: 8.5
Micro Terror Reviewed by: MattForrest, on november 08, 2012
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 150

Purchased from: Guitarcenter.com

Features: The Micro Terror is a 20 watt single channel hybrid amp head. Which means it has a valve preamp and a solid state power amp. It is incredibly and surprisingly small, which may make you think it is a novelty item, but it is anything but. It also has a headphone jack, and an aux in so you can play along with your mp3 player. So it is a nice little setup for practice. // 8

Sound: Like I said before, it may look like a joke, but this amp has a surprisingly large tone, and can actually power your 4x12 cabinet, and still sound great. The amp itself doesn't have a lot of sounds to it, other than distortion when you turn the gain up, but it sounds great with pedals. I mainly play an Ibanez ART-300 with active humbuckers through the amp, and it sounds great. It really suits any style I like to play (anything but country and really heavy stuff) but I'm sure it would sound good with almost any style. // 10

Reliability & Durability: This is the let down I have had with this amp. The first one I bought was defective, and quit on me in under a month. But, my replacement has not been a disappointment by any means. But I can not give a real high rating on reliability just because of my personal experience. As far as gigging with it, I guess you could if you had a big cabinet, and were playing a small venue, or if you were going to mic the amp, but other than that I would suggest a larger, more durable amp. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall impression of this amp is very good. Aside from it being too small to gig with, and the defective one I got at first, it has been an awesome amp to Jam on. I play a wide variety of music on it, and it never fails to make a good sound, I would definitely buy another just because it is a relatively inexpensive amp, it packs a surprising punch for it's size, and it still sounds great. Basically, I would recommend the Micro Terror if you were looking for a nice little (really little) practice amp. It's a great buy, and you won't regret it.

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overall: 6.3
Micro Terror Reviewed by: kswillie507, on january 17, 2014
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 149

Purchased from: Humbucker Music

Features: I bought it new about 6 months ago. It's a standard hybrid amp with a solid state power stage and tube preamp. Very simple controls. Volume, tone, and gain. It has a nice and sturdy chassis and enclosure. There is a standard 1/4" input for the guitar, a 1/4" speaker output, a 1/4" headphone jack, and a 1/8" auxiliary input. Also, there is a small toggle switch with an LED indicator for the power. It came standard with a JJ tube if I'm not mistaken. (That was quickly taken out and replaced with a Tung Sol 12AX7). It did not include a case like the larger Tiny/Dark Terror models. // 6

Sound: There are a million reviews about the Micro Terror and how incredible it is for such a tiny amp. Unfortunately, I don't have the same sentiment. It is small, and it is loud for its size. The tone; however, is where this falls flat. I tried it through a couple different cabinet combinations (1x12, 2x12, 2x8) and achieved the same result with each. The amp has a very hollow/tinny sound. It definitely has the British vibe that Orange is known for, but there just wasn't much warmth to it.

I play mostly hard rock and a little metal, and I knew going in that this amp probably wouldn't suit my needs. I thought I would give it a try anyways. I replaced the factory 12AX7 with a Tung Sol 12AX7 which did make a big difference on the amount of gain I could get out of the amp. Otherwise, it definitely lacks on the distortion front. With the gain all the way down and the volume up, the Micro Terror will accept pedals in front of it fairly readily. I tried a couple of DigiTechs and a cheap Danelectro, and the amp liked them. That certainly helped the sound.

Overall, I was very disappointed in the amp. I played through it for a grand total of maybe 24 hours of playing time. After I was satisfied that the amp was not fitting with my style I decided to sell it. // 4

Reliability & Durability: Overall, it's built like a typical Orange. Very well. It's a very sturdy little lunchbox amp. The metal enclosure seems like it could take a beating, and the paint work looks very good. I don't know if the base coat is a powder coat or not, but it looks thick and solid. I would imagine that it would last quite a while as long as you don't drop it off of a 3 story balcony.

Power-wise; it did just fine pushing a 2x12 cabinet. I don't think I would rely on it to push a 4x12 or 4x10 for an extended period. It would be safer to plug into a smaller cabinet with nice Celestions and mic it up. // 10

Overall Impression: It's a very flat little amp. It's probably the hybrid setup that kills off any character it could have. I've been playing since 1992, I've owned Fender solid state, Peavey tube, and Marshall tube amplifiers, I've played with Gibson, Ibanez, Fender, and Dean guitars, and this little Orange will be one of the more forgettable pieces of equipment that I've owned. 

If you want a nice British tone with good body and depth, buy a Marshall or Laney. Or step up and get one of the bigger Orange's. The amp can't get stolen or lost because I've already sold it. // 5

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overall: 10
Micro Terror Reviewed by: rodknoxx, on august 26, 2014
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 149

Purchased from: guitar center

Features: Volume, tone, gain. 1 ax7 tube, Orange quality and tank like build. Albeit very tiny tank. It is as handsome as all of the terror models. Stock tube is ok, so buy a Tungsol at time of purchase and upgrade the hell out of it. It is really small, like you probably have a pedal its size. It gets very loud through a 212. There is no reason for you to have any doubts, while it may be a tad one dimensional you will love it anyways. It cleans up nicely but not great, but exactly the way I want it to, and for my needs, better than my Rockerverb 50 MKII. Responds great to a volume pedal and on guitar. You can get sooooo much out of it playing with volumes. // 10

Sound: For what I play, it is maddeningly awesome! I play basic power chords distorted in a popp y punk style. I run it through a custom built 212 cabinet and it kills. My main amp is a Rockerverb 50 MKII and I prefer the way the micro terror breaks up and cleans up using a volume pedal. It is a bit "sloppier" and I love it! I love my reverb too and will soon buy them and get what I need. Micro definitely hangs with our drummer and bass player in jamming, will definitely need to mic for a gig, but I do that anyways. Cranked, the amp is exactly the same volume as my reverb settings tested with uv meter, so no big issues there. Takes my volume pedal, phase 90, and digital delay very well. From 10-2 on the tone knob everything sounds great, beyond that either way gets muddier than I like. I read that people think it is noisy. Mine is not. Not even kind of. The tone is rich and warm, and a bit "sloppy" like I said but that is compared to a $2150 amp. It sounds incredible recorded. I would say "for the price" and "for its size" like everyone else, but that would be bullcrapping you. This little guy, which I have attached to my pedal board is a beast and is the best money I have ever spent on gear. Will be getting another one soon. // 10

Reliability & Durability: Yes, it can be used live, but will need to be miked. It is great for home, and practices too! Yes I would gig it and yes I would gig it without a backup, and not just to trip other players minds... Even though it will. My amp is attached to my damn pedal board! How killer is that!? It is an Orange, so you know its built well, you know its gonna sound good, but I am here to tell ya, until you play it, you wont believe how good! It cranks and my bass player keeps looking at it wondering "how the hell?" my drummer can hear me just fine. And I never want to put down my guitar. // 10

Overall Impression: I have been playing about 6 years and seeking what this guy can do. It does some of the things that I like better than my Rockerverb 50. Other things not as well. For example the way it responds to volume changes is scary good. The way it handles pedals is excellent. I will buy another one regardless of lost or stolen. I love its size, its tone, I dislike nothing. I should mention I changed the tube to a Tungsol and that certainly changed the overall ability of it considerably. Its nice stock, but is easily improved. I love that I can play for 4 hours killing the thing and it does not get hot. BUY ONE! // 10

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overall: 9
Micro Terror Reviewed by: guitarkid4454, on may 12, 2015
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 150

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: This guitar amp is a 20 watt solid state head with a 12ax7 tube in the preamp. It has volume, tone, and gain controls and also comes with an aux input so you can jam with your phone or mp3 player (if people even still use those!). The stock tube is ok and isn't bad enough to force you to replace it, but replacing it is a welcoming upgrade. Unfortunately it is made in China but don't let that fool you! This amp comes in an all metal chassis! This only thing I would worry about is the on and off switch is thin and protrudes quite a bit but it is also metal so no worries. This amp is also VERY tiny. It is about the size of big muff pedal. // 8

Sound: Although the clean sound isn't exactly fender sparkly clean, it does get the job done! It is warm and can get a nice crunchiness when you turn up the gain a tiny bit. You can get a good classic rock sound but I don't believe you could pull off playing some shredding such as Megadeth on it but it is definitely good enough to play some early Metallica or Sabbath! All of these people are complaining about the sound being tiny. This is due to the tone control, IT IS VERY TOUCHY. You must make very small adjustments when using it. Even though this amp is 20 watts don't let this amp fool you! It is very loud! I would go as far to say that you could gig with it in a small venue as long as you have the proper speaker configuration and not the tiny cabinet it comes with. If the venue is too loud you could also always mic it up! Overall this amp is great if you plan on using it for anything from blues, to country, to rock. This amp is absolutely no joke! // 9

Reliability & Durability: I have had this amp for two years and have had no problems with it! It seems very sturdy and like I said has a metal chassis. It also has sturdy rubber feet so it for sure isn't sliding off the amp on accident. Although I don't question its durability I must warn you; this amp is VERY LIGHT. It can fall off by just tugging on the guitar cord that is plugged into it so make sure that you have a long enough cord so you don't yank it right off of its cabinet! This thing can take falls like a champ and I would trust it with no back-up. // 10

Overall Impression: For me playing classic rock, alternative, and blues this amp is perfect. For 150 bucks this thing is a complete steal and I would recommend it to anyone! My only worry would be if I were playing metal. The gain doesn't get dense enough to pull it off. The clean may not be completely sterile but it is definitely usable! Like I said this amp seems like its main genre should be rock. Nothing beats watching your friends laugh at you when they see this thing to being amazed at the sheer tone and sound that comes out of it! Way to go Orange! // 9

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overall: 9.3
Micro Terror Reviewed by: alehanro999, on july 26, 2016
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: C$ 159

Purchased from: Boîte à Musique

Features: Made in China (year unknown). 1x ECC83S from JJ Electronics. Powder-coated steel chassis.

Front panel controls (from left to right):

  • Power on/off toggle switch
  • Headphone jack (1/4" stereo)
  • AUX IN (3.5mm)
  • Volume
  • Tone (roll left for bass boost, leave it center for flat, roll right for treble boost)
  • Gain
  • Input (1/4" stereo)
Rear panel:
  • Regulated DC 15V 2A sleeve-negative power supply
  • 1x Min 4Ohm speaker output jack (1/4" stereo)
Advertised as a 5W head, yet the front and rear clearly state 20W RMS. And I believe it.
Included accessories:
  • 1x ECC83S tube
  • 1x Power converter
  • 1x Power supply cable
My music store gave me a 3' speaker cable on the house to encourage business when I bought my half stack. // 9

Sound: This suits my style perfectly. When I decided to make the switch up to a tube amp for that rich velvety analogue tone, I knew where I was going. I wanted to be able to play crystal clean and let the effects shine through uncolored, and be able to just bring the amp and use its gain. I didn't want to buy different amps for different needs.

When I first checked this out at the shop, I was looking to pair it as a half stack with the little 8" Orange cab. When I came back to buy it, they were sold out of micro cabs, so I had it paired to a Randall RG8 8" cab. A solid little cab for sure. Now I run this through a Marshall MG412B I picked up used locally. Definitely has more bottom end and presence with the larger speakers. But rest assured, the 8" is plenty loud enough to make ears bleed.

The clean settings (only 1 channel on this puppy) are absolutely great. I can play nice and loud without the gain crunching it up. To get a good clean tone, dial the volume up max, and slowly increase gain until you reach your desired volume. My typical clean setting is Volume 10, gain somewhere around 2-3 (the third and fourth hash marks on the dial. The first is 0, like the E line on your fuel gage in your car).

The gain control is your best friend. It will decide where you are on the spectrum of clean, overdrive, fuzz, crunch, up to distortion. The more gain you use, the less volume you need. I typically play full gain distortion for metal, so I set the volume down to 0, then the gain all the way up. I slowly turn up the volume knob until I reach a good volume. Usually Volume maxes out around 1 with the Gain up to 10. I played it at Gain 10 Volume 3 in the music shop to test drive it in the middle of the store, and the store-front windows were rattling.

The only qualm I have is the EQ. The "tone" knob either boosts the low end, or the high end, or changes nothing. You can't say, leave the mids and boost highs and lows, or leave the lows and boost mids and highs. I would have gone for a 3-band EQ with individual boost/cut for lows, mids and highs. // 9

Reliability & Durability: The only gigs I've played were fairly short, but I have played the amp for hours at home with no problems of overheating or anything like that. Being a hybrid (tubes only for the pre-amp, with the power-amp being handled electronically) probably helps keep temperatures down. The handle seems well plated and is nice and sturdy, too. Tough rubber feet look like they'll last the life of the amp. The knobs are plastic, but that's probably a good thing. The knobs stick out of the amp, so should it fall, I would think the plastic knobs will crack rather than the metal shafts in the pots behind them. The paint seems as tough as that on stomp-boxes. This will totally survive gigging. // 10

Overall Impression: I play everything from gospel to metal, and this amp is what I play that through. Apart from the EQ (or lack thereof) this amp can get pretty much any tone you want to your cab. Were it stolen or lost I might opt for a 2-channel amp. I can't fidget with the settings mid-song to go from clean to dirty. I either play straight into the amp dirty, or through stomp-boxes into the clean amp. I love the tone! It adds something to covers of songs recorded through Oranges, even if it isn't the EXACT same model. I hate, like I said, that it only has one channel.

When I went to the store, I had a budget, so they didn't really want me trying the 2k$+ full sized heads. But I did play a few different guitars through the amp, and its character shone through despite the varying inputs ('80s Ibanez S with stock passive pickups, ESP MH with EMG 81+85, and a Strat clone with SSS, all guitars in all PU configurations). I had checked online and nothing really seemed to arrive at the shins of this amp. For the price-point, or by features, nothing comes close. Give it a proper EQ and another channel, and this would be worth its weight in gold. // 9

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