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Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head   

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The Orange Crush CR120 is a 120W solid-state amp head that offers the tonal clarity and definition players adore in an Orange amplifier. The Crush CR...Read More

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A 120W analog, solid-state, two channel amp that's at home at rehearsal and on stage.

The Orange Crush CR120 is a 120W solid-state amp head that offers the tonal clarity and definition players adore in an Orange amplifier. The Crush CR120 amp is part of the Crush range, marking Orange's first foray into the world of high power, solid-state amplifiers. Orange have spent years creating a solid-state amp they could be proud of.

The Orange team wanted to keep these amp simple. The dirty channel uses a circuit based on four stages of gain and a three-band EQ, which provides the player with a wide pallet of over-driven and distorted sounds. The clean channel is based on a two-stage, two-band EQ design that gives the player a clean but warm sound, which, when cranked, begins to break up.

These amps have a transparent effects loop, allowing you to plug in your favorite pedals. It also contains a digital reverb that provides a natural-sounding spring, hall or plate reverb.

FEATURES
  • Power: 120W (solid state)
  • Two channels
  • Digital reverb
  • Clean channel controls: Volume, Bass and Treble
  • Dirty channel controls: Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble and Gain
  • Global controls: Volume and Reverb
  • Impedance: 2x16 ohms
  • Dimensions: 21.65" x 22.5" x 9.84"
  • Weight: 31.75 lbs.

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Orange AmplifiersCrush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

solid State with Rockerverb MOJO!

This is a crazy good solid state amp. I give it 5 stars because it is probably the best solid state old school amp out there. There is a lot to like about this...Read complete review

This is a crazy good solid state amp. I give it 5 stars because it is probably the best solid state old school amp out there. There is a lot to like about this amp. The YouTube reviews heaping praise on this amp are accurate. It's a two channel amp with an adequate clean channel. The clean channel is nothing special but it is good enough for those who primarily dial in hi gain. The clean channel will get dirty the more juice you give it so the headroom does have limits. Where this amp shines big time and earns its 5 stars is on the dirty side. Shockingly good at low and moderate volumes. Pure Orange tone. Very Rockerverb. This amp really thrives with Vintage 30s and Greenbacks. No problem dialing in classic British tones ala AC/DC, Purple, Zep, Sabbath, etc or 80s Hairband tones. The three digital types of reverb are pretty good. The amp also looks great and is very well built. Great tube like tones with out the maintenance of tubes is awesome. This amp would be a great backup to a Orange tube head, would be ideal for band practice ( leave your expensive valve amp at home) , and would be a great amp for those weary of the expense of tube amps. Overall well done!

Nothing is perfect: As good as this amp is, it is not perfect. This amp is not a Rockerverb. As you dial in more volume the tone of this amp basically hits a wall and begins to sound thinner. I'm talking high gig level volumes so for normal everyday use this issue is less important. Not bad but a tube amp like a Rockerverb gets warmer and hotter the more juice you give it and the tone screams when the tubes warm up. The CR120's sweet spot is at moderate volume where it is very good. Also, the amp does take pedals well front side but I did notice the effects loop sucks up some tone. It was noticeable. Lastly, when you add the footswitch you must buy separately, this does get pricey as there are some hi power tube amps near this price point which have better performance.

If you want a 100W Orange amp this thing is a tremendous value. This amp has enough power to gig with though it sounds best at moderate volumes. If you are tired of tube amps this is a great choice and is much better than Marshall's MG line or modeling amps like Line 6. Also, if you need a good backup amp to your expensive tube amp or a good practice amp for rehearsals this amp delivers. But, if you are looking for well built head for gigs as your main rig I suuggest you consider Made in USA Carvin V3M or the X100 reissue. They are valve amps and they exceed the performance of this amp all around. When you factor in the price for the foot switch (included with Carvin) the price points are similar. Still, I like the Orange tone and I am impressed with the CR120 and sometimes it's just easier to grab the solid state amp and go without worrying about the tubes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I didn't like it much.

The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much...Read complete review

The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much lighter and portable.

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5.0

Simple, 3 types of Reverb

By AL

from North Carolina

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    I really like simple amps such as this amp head. Both the clean & dirty channels sound great; in addition you get 3 types of reverb, which is essential to a complete & elegant sound. Need less to say it's got power.
    Have not pushed it to it's limits but at low to medium volume it sounds fantastic!

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    2.0

    I didn't like it much.

    By Gary in Detroit

    from Detroit, MI

    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much lighter and portable.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well worth it

    By Scott

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      This amp is fantastic and actually very versatile. I was looking for a decent solid state amp that could get warm, natural sounding dirty tones without being overdone like a lot of solid state amps and this is the one! Very happy with my purchase.

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      5.0

      Wonderful

      By Vern

      from Covington ga

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        Wonderful

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not bad

        By Gary in Detroit

        from Detroit, MI

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

            Clean channel was really nice sounding, especially with some reverb and delay in the loop. The overdrive channel was pretty good, but I'm fortunate enough to have an engl thunder and marshall jvm, so I decided to return the amp. However, this amp would do just fine for those not looking to shell out alot of money on a tube amp.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would tell anyone to buy one !!!!

            By Tracy

            from martinsburg W.V.

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

              What Sound this makes, it's great !!

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Colorful tone, Versatile and LOUD.

              By Bedroom Rockstar

              from Cameron, North Carolina

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                Hi! BedRock here…
                I'm going to examine this amp from a different angle. I'm an electronic guitarist. My original music is a combination of classic rock and electronic/ambient. I have a large pedalboard and a multi-fx device to go in the effects loop. I also play a guitar synth. I've had four tube amplifiers and, though they were good, I couldn't get them to sound good with the effects. A tube amp has too much of its own character and mangles my pedals. I need an amp that sounds warm while also having an otherwise even frequency response. I've played on a lot of old Peavey SS amps and what they lack in clarity and dynamic range they put back in warmth.
                I my search, this was the only head to survive the consumer reviews that compared the CR120H to it's Fender, Marshall and Pod6 counterparts. I reasoned that a company known for its boutique tube amps wouldn't put their coat of arms on a mediocre product. I was correct.
                Unlike most guitarists, I was more concerned with the clean channel than the crunch channel. No mid control? Just turn up the bass and treble to balance it. The clean channel has plenty of shimmer and "jangle" when you turn the treble up. Just what a Rick 12 needs. Turn it down and the EQ is both level and clear, so my pedals at the front end sound just as they're supposed to.
                My multi-fx unit connected to the effects loop works very well. Tip: If you use a multi-fx and your unit has amp modeling, you might have to have an amp model selected to get any volume or tone at all. If you choose a neutral-sounding one, like a Fender Twin or the manufacturer's clean amp, the result will sound just like the CR120H by itself. Adjust the tone controls of the model to sound as neutral as possible.
                The crunch channel was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting to get much from it besides modern high-gain shred. I could get that AND a nice smooth 70's Marshall. For me, the amp sounds best with the tone controls around 12:00. Any variation is due to my guitar.

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By Dane

                from Philadelpha, PA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                    I was looking for a solid state for reliability and am blown away at how amazing this thing sounds. I might go back to tubes some day, but this thing does everything I need. It didn't take my distortion pedals very well, but I was able to dial in the tone I wanted on the dirty channel so that's not a problem at all. All of my other pedals sound amazing through the clean channel, which is stunning by the way. Highly recommended.

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                    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Review Part II - Rockerverb comparison

                    By Ron

                    from Virginia

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                    Pros

                    • Bullet Proof
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Powerful
                    • Rockerverb Tones

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                      This is my second review. This time Im comparing it directly my recently acquired RV50C.

                      As I said before, the CR120 is an amazing head. If anything, I like the amp even more. The one change I would make to my previous review is the clean channel is much more than adequate. It actually is very good.

                      To start, the sound of the rockerverb is bigger and more dynamic than the CR120. But, I did a thorough study and found I could get to CR120 to sound very similar to the RV50.

                      The RV50C has two Vintage 30s. I hooked the CR120 to a 1x12 with an EVH Greenback and a 4x12 with Celestion Greenbacks. I started with the 1x12 which is rated for only 20W. I set both amps to same volume (not bedroom...more practice level) and played through an AB switch. I used a Gibson Les Paul Std.

                      I set the tone of the RV to my favorite hi gain setting and was able to tweak the EQ on the CR120 to get pretty darn close. I most certainly got in the Orange Rockerverb range. The CR120 is a true tone machine. I then tested the clean side. Again I was able to get close though tube amps audio is always more organic. The tube reverb on the RV is much better than the digital reverb on the CR ( which is more than adequate).

                      I had less success with the 4x12 with greenbacks though I again was able to achieve vintage Orange tones. I recommend you pair this head with an orange cab with Vintage 30s. The amp is definitely voiced to their cabs and Vintage 30s. I think Orange 2x12 would be enough and would sound great. Note- I've never used a Voice of the World speaker so no comment the matching 4x12 Orange recommends.

                      In conclusion, the CR120H is a great piece of kit that gets you for sure into vintage Orange tones! You will certainly get in the Rockerverb neighborhood especially with an orange cab with V30s. I'm actually surprised Orange made this amp so good. Sure the RV is awesome and was the tones I was trying to match. The CR120 gets you about 80 % there on the dirty side and maybe 70% there on the clean channel. What Orange did is polar opposite of what Marshall does. The Marshall MG line is light years from their more expensive tube amps. I've playedthe MGCFX100H significantly and it is not at all in the neighborhood of a JVM or even their imported DSL line. Orange, and good on them, made a solid state amp that has most of the MOJO of their flag ship amp.

                      So, if you want Orange Rockerverb but don't have the budget, the CR120 gets you pretty close.

                      Again, Great Job Orange Amplification !! I can't recommend this amp enough for the budget minded guitarist who wants to enjoy that Orange sound.

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                      5.0

                      Great Service!

                      By Listenpaperback

                      from Brooklyn, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                        Great head for a great price. No Brainer

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