OK, so a few companies have brought digital amps to the market. Companies like Muse and SM Pro Audio have even flirted with rack mounted computers running stripped down operating systems optimized for VST usage live. With the preponderance of software amp modeling suites, I often wondered who would bring a full fledged computer in an amp to market.
While British amp company Orange seemed a long shot, they'll be the first to bring the computer amplifier to market. Recently debuted at Musikmesse, the OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker is a true computer featuring 4GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Intel chips, Windows 7 x64, and built-in high powered speaker in an enclosure featuring Orange's unmistakable cosmetics. Pricing has yet to be released, but if they can keep this in a price range competing with a computer of similar power, it could just be the perfect piece of gear for amp modeling junkies. Read more at the Orange Amps site.