I'll update my review in a week or two
Ahem, MONTH or two.
For those interested, I ended up pairing this amp with a Port City 2x12OS cabinet with a pair of Celestion G12K-100 speakers. Just got the speakers into the cab today and man, am I glad I didn't unload this thing now.
I take back what I said about the cleans not being loud enough. With the volume maxed and the attenuator off, I can push the gain to around 4 and stay clean, not 2.5 like I stated above. Not sure why the Ashdown cabinet wasn't getting the volume up there, and not just on the cleans but in general. Everything is substantially louder through the Port City.
The cleans are AMAZING. On both channels. So for those of you who dig the cleans on the Dark Terror, they're even nicer on this. Does warm, does chime, does sparkle. I was slightly surprised, I assumed that Channel A would be the go to channel for cleans since it has a more classic voicing but Channel B sounds just great. Different, a bit brighter with lots of spank (probably due to it just being tighter overall), but great.
And of course, the dirt. It's awesome. Warm and fat, very organic without losing any tightness or clarity. Of course, you can get it to sag with the attenuator for a looser type of sound.
The EQ on Channel A is fantastic. You can actually set any of the knobs to any of their extremes and still get a very musical and usable tone. I'd have to say that with probably 90% of the amps I've played through, the knob is labeled 0-10 but your actual usable window is 4-7. Turn the treble below a certain point, all mud. But with this amp, you can turn the treble all the way to nothing and it isn't muddy. Turn the bass all the way down, it's not ice picky. Combine this with the fantastic attenuator and you're open to so many tone options.
"But will it djent?"
THAT, I'm unsure. I don't have a guitar setup for that kind of thing or a Tubescreamer style pedal to boost it. It's an Orange, so it's obviously very different than something like a 5150/6505. It is way tighter than any other Orange I've played. I'm pretty confident you could get there with the proper gear if that's your thing, though in my opinion you'd be doing the amp and yourself a disservice if that's what you buy it for. 5150/6505 style amps do that sort of stuff in spades, it's really what they're good at and not much else. With the Dual Dark, you'd be severely underutilizing what it can do. My .
Anyway, that's my update. I'll get some sound clips up soon (eventually ).