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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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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
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
  • Practice (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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5.0

Very simple and versatile amp! Lots of tone.

By The Shred

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    I had been looking for a low wattage tube amp for awhile and the search always seemed to come back to the Blackstar. For the price range, you will be hard pressed to find an amp that is as versatile as this amp. Very easy to use and has a wide range of sounds. If you are looking for great tone at a reasonable price, this is the amp. I really enjoy the simplicity. This amp will allow you to dial in the tone you are looking for either with its own features or using pedals. If you have been thinking about the Blackstar, just pull the trigger. You won't regret it one bit.

     
    5.0

    Versatile, well built and great tone!

    By Panchovai

    from Salt Lake City

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      If you want a warm, well defined tube driven amp at a volume your neighbors won't complain about, the Blackstar HT-5R could be a great fit! It comes with a very sturdy (metal housing) foot pedal and is overall very well built. The tone spectrum is quite broad, you can get very clear American amp sounds to very heavy British distortion, it takes pedals very well, it surely packs a punch. I use it much more than my other much pricier amps just because of how versatile it is and the combination of volume/tube sound for practice. Well done Blackstar!!

       
      5.0

      Best overall combo out there!

      By Cid

      from Austin

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effects loop
      • Excellent Sound
      • Footswitch
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Practice
        • Professional Recording

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

        Blackstar is quickly becoming one of my favorite names in amps. I own two now: this one, and the HT-1R, both incredible. If you don't need the effects loop, or the ability to quickly switch between clean and overdrive (foot switch), I highly recommend the HT-1R. However, if you need those things, and maybe need a little more volume for jam sessions, then you can't do better than this amp. Additionally it has a three band EQ (along with the "ISF" setting), and separate volume controls for the each channel. The sound is incredible, and there's enough power to drive an external cabinet. If you haven't tried a Blackstar amp, what are you waiting for?!

        (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

           
          5.0

          A lot of features and great sound for the money

          By Michael

          from Dallas

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          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            Effects Loop, 2 Foot switchable channels, reverb, low wattage, warm clean tone, array of distortion tones.

            (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.

               
              4.0

              Way too good for the price

              By Dan C.

              from Pollock Pines, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Mediocre Speaker

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Practice

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

              I play lead in my church's worship team for 200+ people, and play mostly hard rock in my own time. The clean channel is surprisingly lively with my PRS. The tone control is serviceable; you won't quite get Fender sparkle, but it sounds great pretty much round the dial. Plus the clean channel plays nice with the RP1000 I use on Sunday. I use the stellar emulated output right to the soundboard and use the power section as a monitor, and it sounds excellent.
              The overdrive side, while not entirely tube-driven, loses none of the tube flavor. Easy to dial in all kinds of tones, thanks to the ISF knob. Roll ISF right and set the gain around 9:00 for some AC/DC crunch; juice it up for some old-school Metallica. With ISF to the left and gain around 2-3:00, I found the sweet spot for metalcore/hard rock (i.e. Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin). It's not quite nu-metal territory until you add an OD out front, but after that, my Ibanez was nailing those Skillet tones.
              The stock Blackbird 50 (granted, without being broken in) I found to be good when loud, but just okay under moderate volume. Got a little harsh and brittle on the OD side, and a little bit spongy under higher gain. The clean channel also broke up in not a nice way. Found a Vintage 30 for cheap, and after the swap, along with a Tung-Sol in the preamp just because, most of the fizz was gone, and the drive channel is much smoother, punchier, more focused, dare I say eargasmic. Like an earlier reviewer said, this thing is worth about six or seven stars after that upgrade.

              (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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              (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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              5.0

              Exceeded my expectations

              By deberah

              from jacksonville florida

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

              Was worried at first on the sound, but after a few days I dialed it in....like it better than any amp I have owned....talking 10+ amps ....very versatile, simple and pedal friendly.. Enjoy.

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