Orange AD200: Certain years better than others?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by D Bopp, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Are there any significant differences between a new AD200 and one that is 10 years old? Any improvements in the model?
  2. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    There's a new model?
  3. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    No, I meant a 2003 or 2004 model vs a 2014 model
  4. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    You are obviously talking about the AD200 Mk3 which began in 2003 and uses PCB boards (as opposed to the earlier hard wired versions). I have owned two of these and can't really tell any difference between my current one and the earlier one. I don't pretend to be an expert but am a fan of the AD200 and have not read anywhere that there have been any significant changes made to the mk3.
    I assume you have read Tom Bowlus' excellent review in the recent edition of Bass Gear Magazine?
  5. Specifically 10 years older?
  6. carbonfold

    carbonfold Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Dallas, Texas
    If I recall, MKI (2001), MKII (2002), and MKIII (2003-2005) had a smaller cabinets and would only house 6550's and not KT88s. As said before, the MKI and MKII were PTP hardwired while the MKIII (2003) were PCB.

    PCB quality is about as good as it gets with the MKIII. Quality wise, PTP vs PCB can be subjective to which is perferred. Regardless, both rather easy to work on and sound/feel will very close if not the same for each series.

    In 2006 Orange AD200B MKIII went to a larger amp cabinets to house KT88s.
  7. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Thank you. That's the answer I was looking for.
  8. Vintagefiend

    Vintagefiend I don't care for 410 cabinets at all.

    Aug 6, 2013
    Columbia, MO