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No, we haven’t backtracked on the Orange: it still has the sweetest valve tone in this test. But our decision is based on the bigger picture, and having chewed over the ratio of thrills given to pounds spent, the top spot goes to the Blackstar.
For £379, this is a bulletproof head, with buckets of tweakable tone, imaginative features – and no obvious weak points.
Pros: Excellent, rounded performance.
Cons: Money aside, TT has an edge.
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