Review: Orange Amplification Dual Dark 50 Guitar Amp

by Eric Kirkland, Video by Paul Riario
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at 1:54pm

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For the past decade, amp manufacturers have waged a low-wattage amp war, all vying to produce the greatest sounding tube-powered, low-output machine.

Orange is credited as firing the first shots with its wildly popular Tiny Terror and high-gain Dark Terror amps. That trend seems to be shifting as more and more of these diminutive divas are upsized and reconfigured into multichannel, higher wattage versions.

Orange’s new Dual Dark 50 (which is also available as a 100-watt head) does far more than just repackage the Dark Terror’s high-gain engine. It offers earth-shaking tonal depth, power attenuation and two highly versatile channels, one of which is an entirely new dynamic preamp section created specifically for the Dual Dark series.