Orange Micro Terror as headphone amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dreig, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Dreig


    Sep 25, 2019
    Yes yes I know, plenty of topics discussing usage of the Micro Terror with bass. But not in one I found any information on how it fares as a headphone amp. That is, no cab. I heard this can break tubes in full tube amps, but this is a hybrid, would the same happen here?

    The reason for my interest in it is that it is small, they are cheap on the used market, and I want something that I can use with effects from my pedalboard. Also it has aux with is absolutely critical for me

    Yeah I know there are lots of great preamps and headphone amps out there, but often they are often shiny boutique things that cost a lot (not even mentioning the shipping costs to my central european ostblock dump) or often lack the aux or the option to use with effects.

    Any kind of input is welcome, thanks
  2. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    The Orange Micro Terror is a solid state amplifier with a tube preamp. You can operate solid state amplifiers safely without speaker load.
    There are plenty of bass amps that meet your needs as well: no need to buy a guitar amp.
  3. Dreig


    Sep 25, 2019
    Hmmm okay and which do you suggest?
  4. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Does it need to be a hybrid?

    How many watts output do you want/need?

    New or used? Budget?

    By the way, all amps work with pedals, as they are typically between your bass and the input of your amp. Most amps have an effects loop (In/Out) but they are at line level instead of instrument level.
  5. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    GK MB200 is small, has headphone and aux in, and can be used without a cab.
  6. Dreig


    Sep 25, 2019
    Hybrid is preferable but not necessary if it is capable of producing dirty gritty tube-like sound

    I have a quiet apartment, so wattage will most likely not be an issue

    Budget is, well about the 130 EURO range since that is the price of new Micro Terror here. I have no issue with used gear - the giant tank of an amp in the practice room is a third-hand 2006 Warwick, but in the current situation used gear is difficult to procure here.
  7. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Many many bass effects pedals and multi-effects pedals also drive headphones
    Plus provide a line out for FOH when needed.
    If you're interested you might try the effects forum here.
    Jim C likes this.
  8. bhendrix


    May 2, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I say get the micro terror! For what you are doing, it should be great...

    :thumbsup: Should sound the same through a set of good headphones.
    outoftune likes this.