Orange and Vox are two British amplifier brands with huge ranges and a lot of history behind them. In this article, I’ll be comparing the signature tones of Vox and Orange, looking at similar models in-depth and head-to-head, and taking a deep dive into each range to compare the controls, types, power and prices of pretty much every model available.
The Quick Answer
Vox and Orange are both British brands which produce solid state and valve amplifiers, however they have different tones. Vox amps sound bright and chimey, and the valve amps have more headroom compared to Orange amps which have less headroom and sound darker and heavier.
Comparing the Tones
Both Vox and Orange produce solid state and valve amps, so I’ll separate the signature tones into these two amp types for this next section. Of course, it’s hard to talk about the tonal differences without actually hearing the amps, so I’ve included a couple of videos so you can hear them in action.
- Vox valve amps offer more headroom on the clean channel compared to Orange valve amps.
- Vox solid state amps sound warmer than Orange solid state amps.
- Vox valve amps sound brighter and chimey compared to Orange amps which heavy more bass and sound heavier and fuzzier.
- Vox solid state amp sound more compressed than Orange solid state amps which sound crunchier.
Vox and Orange amps are capable of playing a wide variety of music styles. However, Orange amps are more associated with heavy metal due to their heavy and darker tones, whilst Vox amps are best known for classic rock tones due to their boosted mid-range and brighter tone.
Here is a video comparing valve amps from both brands.
Orange Crush vs Vox Pathfinder
The Vox Pathfinder is cheaper than the Orange Crush12, however, it has a clean and dirty channel, unlike the Crush12 which has a single channel. The Orange Crush12 is more expensive than the Vox Pathfinder, but has 20W power compared to the Vox’s 10W power, and a 3-band EQ.
- The Orange Crush series has a 3 band EQ (bass, mids and treble) compared to the Vox Pathfinders 2 band EQ (bass and treble), giving the Crush the upper-hand when it comes to tonal shaping options.
- The Orange Crush12 has a single channel, but an overdrive control which allows you to adjust the distortion level, as well as having a gain control. The Vox Pathfinder has 2 channels making it easier to switch from clean to distorted. The Crush20 has an overdrive control, and 2 channels, making it the most versatile of the three models.
- The Vox sounds warmer than the Orange, particularly when played clean.
- The Orange has more treble and sounds clearer than the Vox which sounds heavier.
|Feature||Vox Pathfinder||Orange Crush12||Orange Crush20|
|EQ controls||Bass and treble||Bass, middle and treble||Bass, middle, treble|
|Dimensions||43.2 X 20.3 X 30.5 cm||30.5 x 29.0 x 17.5 cm||37.5 x 32.5 x 19.7 cm|
|Weight||5.4 kg||4.7 kg||7.15 kg|
Here are links to the three amps on Amazon so you can check the current prices:
You can also check out this video comparing the tones of both the Orange Crush and Vox Pathfinder.
Orange Rocker vs Vox AC
The Orange Rocker15 and the Vox AC15 are often compared to one another as they are a similar price and have the same 15W power level.
The Vox AC15 and Orange Rocker15 are both 15W valve (tube) amplifiers with two channels. The AC15 has tremolo and reverb effects, however only has bass and treble controls, unlike the Rocker15 which also has a mids control. The Rocker15 also has a power level control to allow you to play at lower volumes.
- Both amps have two channels however they work a little differently. The Rocker15 has a fairly explanatory dirty channel, as well as the natural channel, however the Vox AC15 instead has a normal channel and a top boost channel.
- Only the Rocker15 has a gain control.
- Only the Vox AC15 has reverb and tremolo controls.
- The Rocker15 has a power level control which allows you to reduce the power from 15W to either 7W, 1W or 0.5W, making it playable at lower volumes so it is suitable for practicing as well as gigging in small venues.
- The Vox AC15 has a brighter and chimey tone compared to the Orange Rocker15 which sounds heavier and darker.
Here is a table comparing the key features and specifications of each amp.
|Feature||Vox AC15||Orange Rocker15|
|EQ controls||Bass and treble||Bass, middle and treble|
|Power Control||None||15W, 7W, 1W, 0.5W|
|Dimensions||60.2 x 45.6 x 26.5 cm||47 x 41 x 26 cm|
|Weight||22 kg||13.6 kg|
Comparing the Ranges
As well as comparing some popular models in more-depth, I wanted to take a look at the full ranges as well. In this next section, I’ve collated the features of pretty much every currently available Vox and Orange amp into tables. The prices shown are based on Guitar Center at the time of writing. The tables are split into the amplifier type, and are all ordered from lowest to highest price.
- Solid state combo amps: $90-$500
- Valve combo amps: $400-$2350
- Head units: $200-$2150
Solids State Combo Amps
|VOX Pathfinder||10W||$90||2 channels, gain, bass, treble|
|Orange Crush12||12W||$100||1 channel, 3 band EQ, overdrive, gain|
|Orange Crush20||20W||$140||2 channels, dirty, 3 band EQ, gain|
|Vox Valvetronix VT20X||20W||$180||11 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb|
|Orange Crush 20RT||20W||$190||2 channels (dual-voice), dirty, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb, tuner|
|Vox VX50 GTV||50W||$230||11 models, gain, treb, bass, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, reverb, delay|
|Vox Valvetronix VT40X||40W||$250||11 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb|
|Orange Crush 35RT||35W||$260||2 channels, dirty, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb, tuner|
|Vox Cambridge50||50W||$300||11 models, gain chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, delay, reverb|
|Vox Valvetronix VT100X||100W||$380||11 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb|
|Orange Crush Pro CR60C||60W||$500||2 channels, gain, 3 band EQ, reverb|
- Vox make the highest power (100W) solid state combo amp.
- Vox amps have more built-in effects compared to Orange amps.
Valve (Tube) Combo Amps
|Vox AC4C1-12||4W||$400||Gain, bass, treble|
|Vox AC10C1||10W||$480||Gain, bass, treble, reverb|
|Vox AC15||15W||$700||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Orange Rocker15||15W||$800||2 channels, gain, 3 band EQ|
|Vox AC4HW Hand-Wired||4W||$840||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble|
|Vox Custom AC15C2||15W||$900||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Vox AC151X||15W||$900||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Vox AC30S1||30W||$900||Gain, bass, treble, reverb|
|Orange TremLord-30||30W||$1300||Bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Vox AC30C2||30W||$1400||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Vox AC15HW1 Hand-Wired||15W||$1400||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble|
|Vox Custom AC30CX2||30W||$1550||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb|
|Vox AC30HW2 Hand-Wired||30W||$1900||Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble|
|Orange AD30TC||30W||$2300||2 channels, 3 band EQ, gain|
|Orange Rockerverb 50||50W||$2350||2 channels, 3 band EQ, rever|
- Vox produce a much larger range of tube combo amps than Orange.
- Vox produce the cheapest tube combo compared to Orange.
|Orange Terror Stamp||20W||Hybrid||$200||Shape, gain|
|Orange Crush Pro CR120H||120W||Solid State||$450||2 channels, gain 3 band EQ, reverb|
|Orange Dark Terror 15||15W||Tube||$650||2 channels, shape, gain|
|Orange Rocker 15 Terror||15W||Tube||$650||2 channels, 3 band EQ, gain|
|Orange OR15H||15W||Tube||$700||2 channels, 3 band EQ, gain|
|Vox AC15CH Custom||15W||Tube||$700||Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass, reverb, tremolo|
|Vox MVX150H||150W||Solid State||$800||2 channels, gain, tone, bass, mids, treb, reverb, presence, resonance|
|Orange Dual Terror||30W||Tube||$900||2 channels, tone|
|Orange TH30H||30W||Tube||$1200||2 channels, gain, shape|
|Vox AC30CH Custom||30W||Tube||$1100||Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass, reverb, tremolo|
|Orange Rockerverb 50||50W||Tube||$1200||2 channels, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb|
|Vox Hand-Wired AC30||30W||Tube||$1300||Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass|
|Orange Rockerverb 100||100W||Tube||£2150||2 channels, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb|
- Orange produce a larger range of head units than Vox.
- Vox make the highest power solid state head unit.
- Orange make the highest power valve head unit.
Both these amp brands produce models with fairly similar controls. The main difference between Vox and Orange amp settings, is that Orange amps often have a 3-band EQ (bass, mids, treble), whereas Vox amps often just have treble and bass controls.
Orange Amp Settings
Here are the most commonly featured controls on Orange amps:
Vox Amp Settings
Here is a list of the most popular controls found on Vox Amps:
- Switches e.g. Bright, fat, bias, hot and cool
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