Orange Crush Pix CR35LDX Combo Amp
Orange’s original Micro Crush amp made a believer of players and reviewers who didn’t think a solid-state, battery-powered amplifier could produce the upper-midrange brilliance, soft crunch and layered harmonic swells of Orange’s legendary tube amps. Since the Crush’s wildly successful introduction in 2006, Orange has continued to refine and upgrade the design for players who want an essentially maintenance-free amp for practice, recording or small venues.
The PiX Series is Orange’s latest line of solid-state dynamos. The name is a reference to the company’s use, here and on previous models, of hieroglyphic symbols on the control panel to illustrate connection and control functions. The 35-watt Crush PiX CR35LDX combo is the heavyweight of the new PiX line, with searing overdrive abilities and a beautifully integrated built-in digital effect section.
Even though this is a relatively inexpensive solid-state combo, Orange didn’t skimp on anything, including the exterior. The amp is covered in the company’s recognizable basket-weave orange tolex and heavy tan grille cloth, and black piping adds a nice accent stripe. Orange-and-black graphics with hieroglyphics on a white background complete the classic look. Fortunately, for those that are not familiar with the hieroglyphs’ denotations, Orange also has the standard control names under each knob or jack.
The Crush PiX pushes 35 watts through a 10-inch speaker. It’s an ideal speaker size for this wattage, because of its natural tendency to highlight midrange and high frequencies. Circular ports in the baffle board and a nearly closed-back cabinet design enhance the low-end performance.
The single-channel preamp has controls for low, mid, high, volume and gain. There’s also an overdrive circuit with its own level control, activated by either a top-panel’s push-button or a separate footswitch. The headphone jack and stereo mini jack are useful for practice applications and allow connections to a CD player, laptop or MP3 device.
The digital effect section doesn’t have an on/off switch—just turn the effect level control to zero. The 16 effect programs include a vibrato, four reverbs, a reverb and delay combination, four delay times, and slow and fast speeds for chorusing, flanging and tremolo effects. A separate push button engages the top panel tuner. It doesn’t mute the amp’s output, so you can leave it on all the time.
– Foot Switchable overdrive (can also be switched on front panel)
– Headphone output
– Aux input for MP3 or CD
– Built in tuner
– Digital FX: Reverb Room, Delay 650ms, Reverb Hall, Chorus Slow, Reverb Spring, Chorus Fast, Reverb Chapel, Flanger Slow, Hall + Delay, Flanger Fast, Delay 100ms, Tremolo Slow, Delay 175ms, Tremolo Fast, Delay 300ms, Vibrato
– Controls: Volume, Low, Mid, High, Overdrive, overdrive on/off, Gain, FX Mode, FX Level, Tuner on/off
– Output Power: 35 Watts
Power Handling (Cabinets)
– Speakers: 10″, 35 Watt, 4 ohm crush speaker
– Unboxed Dimensions:
– H (cm) 38, H (in) 14.96
– W (cm) 43.5, W (in) 17.13
– D (cm) 22.5, D (in) 8.86
– Unboxed Weight: KG 11.25, Lb 24.8