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Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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The HT-5R guitar combo amp takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. Boasting two channels, an ECC83 preamp tube, a 12BH7 power tu... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The HT-5R guitar combo amp takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. Boasting two channels, an ECC83 preamp tube, a 12BH7 power tube, and the award-winning preamp from the HT Pedal series, the HT-5R is perfect for any situation requiring raw tube tone.

The HT-5R guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel, a custom designed 12" speaker, and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.

Features
  • Innovative 5 watt tube combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 12" Blackbird 50 custom-designed speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Digital Stereo Reverb
  • Fully equipped for studio or practice
  • Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included
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BlackstarHT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i wish I could do 4 and a half

By Zane Smothermon

from WA

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I rated it a five because I it is closer to 5 than 4 stars but I believe it earns a respectable 4 and a half. I will start out by saying it is hard to find a low watt tube amp so I was naturaly drawn to this amp. I needed a good practice amp and I hate emulation amps like the line 6 spider. So on to the specifics it has a great gain channel that for its size it can reach big heights. I have never played a amp that does rock and old school metal any better for its price and size. However if you want a more modern metal sound or thrash tone you will most likely need a tube screamer not for the gain but to tighten up the low end for heavy palm muting. The clean channel is great for me but it is pretty limited the tone is very crisp and you won't have lack of clarity however if the natural clean of this amp is not in your style the lack of ability to change clean tone would frusterating. Its reverb is much better than most amp reverb and is actually able to be turned on be useful. As a practice and recording amp I love the lead tone and with a the ability to achieve many tones is exactly what I want in a practice amp. If you play stricly new styles of metal you want to look else where unless you plan on using a tube screamer (like I do) or have a guitar with active pickups. But overall great amp, great price and don't hesitate because im sure as blackstar gets bigger the prices will sky rocket because they are really onto something BIG.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Big things in small packages

By Casey Lockwood

from West Jordan, UT

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought this amp for bedroom practice, and I chose this one because it was the only one in it's class that had gain capable of metal stuff. That said, the gain channel is quite awesome, if not a little dark. There is loads of distortion, and one of the things I love most about this amp is that it cleans up SO nicely rolling off on the volume knob of the guitar. The clean channel is no Fender or Vox, but actually sounded much better than most people were saying. The tube dynamics were definately there. There is only one tone knob on the clean channel though, no bass, mid, treb. This amp is not loud enough to compete with drums. You could play small venues, like a small bar with a backing track perhaps, but for gigging, this is not your amp. HOWEVER, one nice thing is you can run the emulated output while having the speaker on at the same time. This means you could run the signal out to a PA system, then just use the amp as a monitor. Thats pretty sweet. Anyway, the amp has some awesome tones, huge range of versatility, and lots of useful features. I hear a speaker swap makes these things sound even better, but I am satisfied as it is. Perhaps in a year or so. Awesome amp. (8.5/10)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like their ad says "the sound in your head"

By JIM BIERMANN

from St Louis MO

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I love this amp I purchased it a couple months ago after reading many reviews on several amps, listening to reviews on you tube and visiting shops and jamming on different gear. Having read reviews, I did swap out the speaker with a Warehouse Guitar Speaker(made in the USA) Veteran 30, their version of Celestion's Vintage 30, I had bought and used in my old amp(a Peavey VK112). I did check out the stock speaker before I swapped, just to hear out of the box. Sounded nice, but after the swap it was great. I later swapped out the stock EH 12AX7 for a Mullard 12AX7 and it went from great to AMAZING. I like to play blues, classic rock, 80's hair band, and every now and then like to thrash it up. This thing can do it all. The picking attack response is great on the gain channel. When I play the blues I like to set the gain at about 10 o'clock and use the volume on the guitar to easily control the distortion level along with picking attack. The distortion has depth to it that is easily controllable, thick, and aggressive yet articulated at the same time, even when pushed to max gain. I am saving my pennies for a NOS Mullard 12AT7 to try and coax a more creamy, bluesy tone from it. I play a BC Rich Mockingbird with Rockfield Mafia humbuckers(set up with coil splits) and a VERY nice Les Paul clone for the more bluesy stuff. The amp allows the true tonal differences in the guitars come out. I can't wait to get to borrow my uncle's semi hollow body Epiphone and my mother in law's Gibson Melody Maker with P90's. I HIGHLY recommend this amp. I have read reviews that did say once the stock speaker has some hours on it the tone gets MUCH better, I had this one and I knew it did wonders for the harsh Peavey I had for a minute. Maybe I will find a cheap empty 1X12 cab, stick the stock speaker in it and plug it in to break it in. Until then I will stick with my current upgrade. I will give another review when I finally get the Mullard NOS 12AT7. BUY the amp before they raise the price, this amp is a definite future classic. Rate before the minor upgrades 4, with the upgrades I would push for 6 or 7 stars....IT IS THAT AMAZING.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good apartment dweller's tube amp

By Mox

from Indianapolis, IN

Pros

  • Effects Loop
  • Emulated Output
  • High gain
  • Lower Volume Capability
  • Solid Design

Cons

  • Clean Channel
  • Light Gain Settings

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Small clubs

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp delivers decent tone at bedroom levels. Don't get me wrong, it can get pretty loud for a 5W amp. It plays really well through a good set of headphones and runs pedals very well. The clean channel is a little warm for my taste, but that's a matter of preference. You can't get a good light crunch/breakup without pushing the tubes at a higher volumes. However, I feel there are better sounding/more versatile small tube amps on the market for just a little more money. This amp is great though if you're all about high gain riffing.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my amp!

By none

from Tustin

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have this amp at home

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very happy with this amp

    By Rich C.

    from Doylestown PA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Very Well Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Have only been playing guitar (Fender Strat and Epiphone Acoustic) for about 4 years and recently decided to start taking "tone" seriously so I wanted a good tube amp for a starter. Previously had a modeling amp which was fine but I Wanted to simplify and get that warm tube tone at low volume. This amp delivers. I'm very happy with the sound. Also love the fact that, if needed, you can use the emulation feature through headphones or recording equipment (I use Presonis recording device). I now can't wait to introduce some pedals:effects to my set-up. The overdrive and reverb that this amp already produces without ideals sounds great though. Finally I am very impressed with the quality and workmanship. If I ever graduate to a bigger more powerful amp Blackstar will be first on my list. The only thing I would change about this amp is that the EQ functions are not available on the "Clean" channel (just one tone knob) but I don't know enough about tube amps to know if that's standard. Not a huge problem because I simply select the OD channel, turn the gain way down, and then I can use the EQ (Bass, Midrange, Treble) to dial in the tone I want.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Small amp Big sound

      By obsidikyle

      from Springfield Mo

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is THE amp to get if you want that tube sound in a small space. I have a peavey 6505+ but in my situation which is my room around neighbors i can only turn it up to one, which means i'm not pushing the tubes much,i was always wanting an amp with tubes that i can push but at bedroom or studio volumes, and i came across this amp, if you like that tube sound,But you are in a small space, GET THIS AMP.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Amp

      By Brian Wattenbarger

      from Tulsa, OK

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I?ve been solicited to make reviews from GC on about everything I?ve ever bought here but I?ve never been compelled enough to do one until now? I bought this amp as a backup to my Marshall JVM 50W Half stack, mainly for size/weight convenience carrying to practices. My biggest concern was if it was going to be loud enough to hang with our drummer. I?ve read enough reviews and heard enough demos to know that the tone of this thing is excellent so I wasn?t concerned about that. Check out Rob Chapman?s review on You Tube. Well I'm happy to say that this amp gets LOUD, certainly loud enough to me that I'm plugging my ears with the volume at 8 and is hangs with our drummer with ease. There's even enough headroom that I can kick a line booster in the effects loop (has to be post pre-amp) and get a nice additional volume boost for leads. It has killer tone. I just love it. What I am most impressed with though is the speaker emulated output. This is the best emulated output I have ever had, better than the emulation on my JVM. I find myself practicing at home running the emulated output through a small powered PA mixer and recording and leaving it in standby. That sound is huge. I?ll never have to mike this one up at a gig. The tone going direct to the board is just superb. The 12? speaker sounds great, and the amp is especially impressive running into my 1960A 4x12. The amp is also VERY well built. Not cheap at all, it?s sturdy as a bulldog. I am totally happy with this thing. Two thumbs up for sure.

       
      4.0

      Great Tone and Amp Overall, But Leaves More To Be Desired

      By Provi

      from Detroit

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • EQ
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      First off I'd like to point out that this is a very solid and overall. I really enjoyed the tone and The overdrive channel. It gives a gnarly crunch. This was my first tube amp so I'm pretty satisfied overall with the tone. However, it leaves more to be desired in my opinion. It's pretty quiet, even for 5 W, but then again I should've expected that at the time of purchase. I was looking for a tube upgrade for my old Peavey TransTube and thought 15 - 20W would be excessive, but I was wrong. Since this was my fault for not considering it I'm not taking any stars off for that. What I WAS very disappointed with however, (that I didn't catch in the store) was the fact that the EQ only works for the overdrive channel. This might be a factory defect or something, but for me I would like the EQ to affect both channels. They do have the "Shape" knob on the clean channel, but it offers very limited tone control in my opinion. I feel as though I can get a much better tone on the OD channel with the gain turned way down, but if I'm using my OD as a clean channel, that defeats the purpose of having 2 channels in the first place doesn't it?

      Overall this amp is great for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive all-tube upgrade their home practice amp, as it provides a very nice tone, however for me it could improved by having a master EQ instead of single channel.

       
      5.0

      best sounding home use amp ever

      By Rob

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought this amp a year ago at my local GC. If you love the Gibson/Marshall sound, this amp has all that sound and more. It has a vey deep warm tone and I love the reverb. I upgraded the speaker and preamp tube to get even more out of it. I love my Blackstar HT-5R.

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