In this article we're comparing the Boss Katana 50 amplifier with the Orange Crush 35RT. Both are smaller combo amps with a similar wattage rating and a similar purpose. Think of them as bedroom or living room practice amps that can get a little louder if need be.
Both are solid state circuits in combo form, with multiple channels.
In our comparison we'll do two sections for these amps:
- Specs/feature comparison
- Grading comparison
The grades are ratings that I've put together that are meant to be general quality markers, though are certainly subject to my own interpretation. So understand that they're meant to be taken with a grain of salt, and to just show general strengths/weaknesses of the two amps.
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Boss Katana 50
Orange Crush 35RT
From a raw specs and feature comparison, the Boss Katana is a fairly clear winner. It has five channels - what are called amp types - to the Crush's two, and a higher wattage rating at 50 to 35. The Katana also has some effects built in, giving it some added versatility that you don't get with the Crush.
However, the 35RT does include an effects loop which is missing in the Katana. Both amps provide a headphone out and USB connection, which is common for modern solid state amps.
Note that in the following table, red rows indicate a quality difference, while yellow rows simply highlight a feature difference that isn't really a quality concern.
Amp Circuit Type
Number of Channels
5 x amp types
50W (25W, 0.5W settings)
1 x 12"
1 x 10"
Modulation, Delay, 60 BOSS Effects (Tone Studio software)
1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" (power amp), 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
1 x 1/4" (rec/headphones)
1 x 1/4"
1 x 1/4"
No, FS-6 sold separately
One thing to note:
The Crush has a built-in tuner, which the Katana does not, while the Katana has a power amp input, which is likewise missing from the Crush. The feature swapping gives you some pretty clear distinctions to pick from, depending on what you want to prioritize.
For example, do you care about the onboard effects?
Go with the Katana.
Or maybe you have your own pedals and you really want the effects loop with the onboard tuner.
Go with the Crush 35.
This is the grading section that we've setup to show some basic areas of strength for each amplifier. Again, it's important to understand these are generalities and not hard rules.
They're meant to show strengths and weaknesses in relation to one another. Take them with a grain of salt.
In most categories we like the Katana just a little better.
It sounds better and we like the added features, even if the effects loop isn't included.
Added to our preference is the fact that the Katana 50 is actually a bit cheaper than the 35RT, around $240 compared to $260. If the prices were switched, we might score the Crush 35 a bit higher, but it just seems to give you a little bit less for a little bit more money.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
In a one-to-one comparison, I'd take the Boss Katana 50 over the Orange Crush 35RT. Both make great practice amps and can serve a wide range of skill levels and situations. But with the price increase in the Crush and the slightly less impressive roster of features, we'll go with the Katana.
If you have questions about our comparison or about either one of the amps specifically, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below and we'll get in touch.
See you there.