The Orange Micro Terror is a solid-state amp that comes with a great design and sound quality all in a super-compact design. What’s more, the addition of a pre-amp valve means you’ll get plenty of warmth and tone when playing live.
The Orange Micro Terror is a tiny box with big ambitions that at first glance stands a little shorter than your iPhone 4S. We really like the metal finish that makes it durable and stylish, while inside you’ll find a whole 20 Watts of output power, as well as a 12AX7 pre-amp, which is essential to get the true valve tones even the most casual of guitarists love.
What this means in the real world is that whether you’re playing in clean or over-driven modes you’ll get a warm and deep sound. We love the fact the Orange Micro Terror is more than happy to let you plug in effects pedals without losing quality.
Don’t let the size fool you, small it may be but you’ll find everything you need and in the right place. On the front there is a single input, alongside Volume, Tone and Gain dials, as well as headphone and auxiliary jack inputs. This means you can input a CD or MP3 player into the amp as well, adding even more versatility.
On the rear there is a single output, which ties in nicely with the 8-inch speaker PPC108 cabinet, with which it’s being bundled, and it makes for a great combination. For those times when you need a little more power, the amp is compatible with any larger cabinet that packs in a 4-ohm or greater handling, which means you can readily daisy-chain it into a full 4 x 12-inch stack with ease!
We were stunned with how much tone and depth you can actually get some something this small. When it comes to sound output, the 20 Watts of sound gives you plenty of headroom for when you need to make a real noise.
We’ve no qualms about the sound quality, it delivers whether you’re plugging a semi-acoustic in for a Sunday jam, or a full blown Strat for a work-out with the band. Call us paranoid but anyone who hangs around with musicians knows things go walkabout very easily.
With this in mind, the only problem we have with the size is that it’s prone to go walk-about. We’d like to have seen some options for lock down, beyond adding your own lock from the handle to the cab - something to think about Orange?
The bottom line
OK, on first sight, we weren’t expecting the Orange Micro Terror to live up to expectations, it simply looks too small. However, within moment s of being plugged in, all fears are laid to rest; it simply delivers on all fronts. Sure, it’s not going to serve any use if you’re playing Wembley this weekend but as a portable practise amp, or for more intimate gigs down the local biker bar, we think it makes all the right noises in all the right places!