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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... Read More

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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 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

Best overall combo out there!

By Cid

from Austin

About Me Experienced

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 1 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

      About Me Experienced

      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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          • No
           
          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.

          (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.

           
          5.0

          Little amp, BIG sound!

          By Jacob Parks _

          from KY.

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

          This amp is the best "Little" amp I have ever used. Now I can sit in my practice room/studio and have the Big tube amp sound, without pissing off the people next door. In my opinion, the HT-5R sounds like a high watt Marshall without all the volume. Don't get me wrong, this little amp can be loud. It reacts to string attack like any good tube amp should. Clean channel is better then I expected. I have a Dimarzio X2N in the bridge position on my Ibanez, so when using the overdrive channel I can go from country rock to 80's style rock by just rolling on the pickup volume. You can also adjust the amp to get a british rock sound. Great amp for the money. I can't wait to get another 12" speaker cab for it.

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