Vox vs Orange Amps: Which are the Best?


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.

Clean Tone

  • 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.

Distorted Tone

  • 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.

Music Styles

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.

Tonal differences:

  • 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.
FeatureVox PathfinderOrange Crush12Orange Crush20
Power10W12W20W
Channels212
EQ controlsBass and trebleBass, middle and trebleBass, middle, treble
Dimensions43.2 X 20.3 X 30.5 cm30.5 x 29.0 x 17.5 cm37.5 x 32.5 x 19.7 cm
Weight5.4 kg4.7 kg7.15 kg
Vox Pathfinder vs Orange Crush12 vs Orange Crush 20

Vox Pathfinder (image links to Amazon)

Orange Crush20 (image links to Amazon)

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.

Key Information:

  • 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.

FeatureVox AC15Orange Rocker15
Channels22
EQ controlsBass and trebleBass, middle and treble
Gain ControlNoYes
EffectsTremolo, reverbNone
Power ControlNone15W, 7W, 1W, 0.5W
Dimensions60.2 x 45.6 x 26.5 cm47 x 41 x 26 cm
Weight22 kg13.6 kg
Orange Rocker15 vs Vox AC15

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.

Contents:

  • Solid state combo amps: $90-$500
  • Valve combo amps: $400-$2350
  • Head units: $200-$2150

Solids State Combo Amps

AmplifierWattagePriceSettings
VOX Pathfinder10W$902 channels, gain, bass, treble
Orange Crush1212W$1001 channel, 3 band EQ, overdrive, gain
Orange Crush2020W$1402 channels, dirty, 3 band EQ, gain
Vox Valvetronix VT20X20W$18011 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb
Orange Crush 20RT20W$1902 channels (dual-voice), dirty, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb, tuner
Vox VX50 GTV50W$23011 models, gain, treb, bass, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, reverb, delay
Vox Valvetronix VT40X40W$25011 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb
Orange Crush 35RT35W$2602 channels, dirty, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb, tuner
Vox Cambridge5050W$30011 models, gain chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, delay, reverb
Vox Valvetronix VT100X100W$38011 models, gain, treb, mids, bass, compression, chorus, OD, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, reverb
Orange Crush Pro CR60C60W$5002 channels, gain, 3 band EQ, reverb
Vox vs Orange solid state combo amplifiers.

Key Points:

  • 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

AmplifierWattagePriceSettings
Vox AC4C1-124W$400Gain, bass, treble
Vox AC10C110W$480Gain, bass, treble, reverb
Vox AC1515W$700Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Orange Rocker1515W$8002 channels, gain, 3 band EQ
Vox AC4HW Hand-Wired4W$840Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble
Vox Custom AC15C215W$900Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Vox AC151X15W$900Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Vox AC30S130W$900Gain, bass, treble, reverb
Orange TremLord-3030W$1300Bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Vox AC30C230W$1400Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Vox AC15HW1 Hand-Wired15W$1400Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble
Vox Custom AC30CX230W$1550Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble, tremolo, reverb
Vox AC30HW2 Hand-Wired30W$1900Normal and top-boost channels, bass, treble
Orange AD30TC30W$23002 channels, 3 band EQ, gain
Orange Rockerverb 5050W$23502 channels, 3 band EQ, rever
Vox vs Orange valve (tube) combo amplifiers.

Key Points:

  • Vox produce a much larger range of tube combo amps than Orange.
  • Vox produce the cheapest tube combo compared to Orange.

Head Units

AmplifierWattageTypePriceSettings
Orange Terror Stamp20WHybrid$200Shape, gain
Orange Crush Pro CR120H120WSolid State$4502 channels, gain  3 band EQ, reverb
Orange Dark Terror 1515WTube$6502 channels, shape, gain
Orange Rocker 15 Terror15WTube$6502 channels, 3 band EQ, gain
Orange OR15H15WTube$7002 channels, 3 band EQ, gain
Vox AC15CH Custom15WTube$700Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass, reverb, tremolo
Vox MVX150H150WSolid State$8002 channels, gain, tone, bass, mids, treb, reverb, presence, resonance
Orange Dual Terror30WTube$9002 channels, tone
Orange TH30H30WTube$12002 channels, gain, shape
Vox AC30CH Custom30WTube$1100Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass, reverb, tremolo
Orange Rockerverb 5050WTube$12002 channels, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb
Vox Hand-Wired AC3030WTube$1300Normal and top boost channels, treb, bass
Orange Rockerverb 100100WTube£21502 channels, 3 band EQ, gain, reverb
Orange vs Vox head unit amplifiers.

Key Points:

  • 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.

The Controls

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:

  • Gain
  • Bass
  • Middle
  • Treble
  • Reverb
  • Shape

Vox Amp Settings

Here is a list of the most popular controls found on Vox Amps:

  • Gain
  • Treble
  • Bass
  • Presence
  • Reverb
  • Switches e.g. Bright, fat, bias, hot and cool

Here are some more in-depth articles on the settings you can find with each brand:

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Heather

Hey, I'm Heather. I started playing an electric guitar when I was given a Squier Strat for my birthday around 15 years ago. I now own an acoustic guitar and several electric guitars including my personal favourite, a PRS SE Custom 24.

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