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Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The HT-5RH guitar amp head 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-5RH guitar amp head 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-5RH head is perfect for any situation requiring raw tube tone.

The HT-5RH guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.

Features
  • Innovative 5 watt tube head
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 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-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp!!!

Just a great value.
Got the chance to play a frie'nds HT-5H sometime ago and we both agreed that it needed reverb, the tone was just too dry. As soon...Read complete review

Just a great value.
Got the chance to play a frie'nds HT-5H sometime ago and we both agreed that it needed reverb, the tone was just too dry. As soon as I found out that the HT-5RH was available I bought one. Amazing little amp!! I play it through a 2x12 Blackstar cab and the tone is just great. This 5 amp head has enough punch to play small gigs and it is perfect for a studio or small room.
I don't think you can get a better amp for the price. The distortion channel just rocks, but what really impressed me is the clean channel. It is crystal clear, the best clean sound out of the nine amps I own. Guys, you need to try one, trust me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The only amp I've ever given 1 star :(

I really wanted to like this amp, but I found myself in a constant fight with it. Blackstar prides themselves on being able to deliver the "sound in your head,"...Read complete review

I really wanted to like this amp, but I found myself in a constant fight with it. Blackstar prides themselves on being able to deliver the "sound in your head," but for me their promise fell way short.

The Positives: The clean channel was surprisingly good. I read several reviews claiming the clean to be the weakest aspect of the amp, but I have to strongly disagree. I played this through an Orange PPC112 with a Vintage 30 and it sounded pretty crisp and chimey. Add on a bit of the built-in reverb and the sound was not bad at all. But unfortunately for the Blackstar, amps that do clean well are a dime a dozen (if you're looking for a cheap amp with fantastic clean then I highly recommend the Fender Super Champ). The included Blackstar footswitch is also a great feature since the majority of two channel amps force you to make a separate purchase for foot control.

Now the Negatives: Nothing about the gain channel worked for me. The ISF knob, which is supposed to range from an American tone to a British tone, simply doesn't capture the sounds it claims. The American side is too muddy and the British side is too harsh. Perhaps I should have adjusted my expectations going in, but most of the solid state amps and/or mini amps I've played sound better than this.

My next biggest complaints are with the volume control and touch sensitivity. If you roll back the volume on your guitar, the sound does not clean up like it does with most tube amps. It also doesn't correctly project the amount of string attack used. Whether strumming light or hard, the sound differences between the two are barely noticeable. An inexpensive amp that gets this right is the Orange Tiny Terror, which can go from almost clean to full on crunch simply by altering the amount of attack. I realize the Tiny Terror is slightly more expensive and has only one channel, but the sound quality is so vastly better that it more than makes up for the price and feature differences. And since the TT cleans up so well when using a volume pedal, it's almost like having two separate channels.

The Blackstar does not work well with pedals. My Jerry Cantrell wah, Boss DD7 delay, Ernie Ball VP jr, and MXR micro amp all sounded terrible. It made the wah sound way too tinny; the delay didn't sound as lush as it does with my other amps; the amp cut the sound of my volume pedal way too early in the pedal sweep; and the MXR was unusable since the gain boost became a noisy, fizzy mess.

Please do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. There are much better amps available in this price range. Best of luck!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I was looking for!

By Switch1

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This Amp is just a solid buy. the price is good. the tone is great, and the best thing is the versatility. I purchased this amp for home use in practice and recording. I wanted a Low wattage amp that could get some decent tone at a volume that would allow me to not get evicted, and keep what little is left of my hearing... Mission accomplished!

    The tone is very impressive and with the eq and ISF features, the OD channel is really flexible. you can tune in a pretty broad range from lean to mean and it is really fun to just sit there dialing in tones. the Clean channel is great too, but not perfect. It had a fair amount of headroom and if it had more tone shaping options it would be a superb clean channel. even with only a single "tone" dial i was still able to get some really nice tones.

    The build quality is spot-on. I have not had any products from Blackstar before but I was really impressed by the build quality and especially foot switch. it's really well made and the transition from channel to channel is smooth and clean. no chop and pop or cut outs just a nice flip, undetectable to the ears. well done!

    it seems to handle most pedals well and has an effects loop. thumbs up there as well. it's a nice feature and not expected at this price point. The reverb is nice as well, full and warm , and sounds great across the dial but may not cover every reverb need, still nice to have though.

    Overall. for the money, this is a great bargain. tone far exceeded my expectation and i was quite surprised by just how much versatility I could get out of this little amp. Is it a sonically flawless master work of amplification perfection? no...it's not. if you want that you you will need to spend much much more to get it. but for the price, it's as close as you may get.

    And, don't let the "5-watts" fool ya. it can get pretty LOUD. easily enough to get me evicted... Playing live and competing with a drummer may be a stretch , but miced, it would be great live

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Practice Amp

    By Rocket

    from St Louis

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    The other guitarist in our band turned me on to this thing. He showed up at practice with just this head and his gig pedalboard, plugged the emulated speaker out direct to our practice PA, and sounded a LOT better than I did with my GT-10. I bought it, and have begun doing the same with my gig pedal board (only used GT-10 for practice direct to PA). The GT-10 is now relegated to the dust bin of history. There's no artificially compressed sound anymore. I still use a Mesa for gigs, but for practice, the Blackstar is light and easy to tote. Works as advertised.

    I listed low wattage as a "con", but that's by design, and its useful for practice and bedroom work. I really like being able to run it in standby mode with headphones and no speakers. Doesn't wake up anybody in the family, and I get to play whenever I want.

     
    5.0

    a big surprise

    By blackstrat

    from atco, nj

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      i bought this amp to demo speaker cabinets that i build, much to my surprise i can't believe how much i like it. I have been using it almost every time i play now. The first one i had, had a bad tube in it but musicians friend replaced it very quickly. It takes pedals very well if you use the effects loop for the delays, churos,etc. Anything else with a pre amp (distortion, overdrive) should be plugged into the front of the amp. It is close to a fender tone if you play with it but it still does not match my hot rod deluxe. the major pro is that you get a great sound at a lower volume .

      (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Is this amp really all tube?

      By gunguicar

      from Wichita, Ks.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Price
      • Good build quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I downloaded a wiring diagram for this amp. It shows three solid state FETs in the preamp signal path. I think it's wrong to call this an all tube amp.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer Tone At The Right Price!

        By RICK LINDERME

        from Alameda, CA

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I bought the HT-5 to use in my home studio. There is a lot of bang for the buck going on here. The overdrive/gain goes from mild to wild...the included foot switch allows you to go from clean to mean...the FX's loop in the back will sweeten anyone's attack...the ISP knob shifts from American Scream to British Creme...there's EQ and reverb to help shape how you get heard...power and stand by are on the front panel while on top of the amp is the carrying handle...ok enough with the Dr. Seuss stuff...seriously this amp is a real powerhouse full of Kool features that you will really use. Don't let the 5watt rating fool you...this mother will break glass when used with the right cab...the options in the back allow you to run anything from a 112 cab all the way up to a 4 X 12...the amp breaks up nicely with tons of head room to spare...I love the OD so much that I'm only running a delay pedal through the FX's loop and wah/compression through the front end...and I have a boat load of OD/Distortion pedals to choose from...you can throw more $$$$$ at bigger name brands like Marshall & Orange (to name just two that I tested) and while I LOVE MARSHALL AMPS, I'm not a big fan of their price range...as far as the Orange (lunchbox amps) went, I found them to be thin sounding with no real way to adjust them. You CAN truly find many different tonal settings within the Blackstar line...with a little time and tweaking you'll dial in the sound in your head...so with all that said and with what you just read...I let out a cheer while raising my beer...and to Blackstar my "Thanks" to the money you saved me still there in my bank...Peace.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great amp - and LOUD too!

        By Jeffrey S. Jones

        from Alpharetta, GA

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Turned it on, and within 5 minutes had a killer tone dialed in at low volume. Running it through a 4x12 HIWATT cabinet, and it really sounds good. Have to dial it in some still, but was VERY impressed with the sound quality and build quality of the amp. I honestly don't think there's a better value out there for a low-wattage tube amp that has an effects loop, 2 channels, and great tone so quickly right out of the box. If you're on the fence, go ahead and buy it - it's well worth the money.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp!

        By Soulpig68

        from Wichita,Ks

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          After many,many hours of researching online( None of the local shops had one to test) for a inexpensive great sounding amp, I decided on the Blackstar. I have had many amps over the years of playing and this is my 4th tube amp, after receiving it I immediately plugged in the Blackstar 1-12 cab and was astounded by the sounds, I play an Epi Les Paul Custom with stock pups. The clean is great with lots of headroom, the overdrive channel is dark but with some small adjustments to the EQ, it sings. I use a Fulltone GT-500 distortion pedal and it made the amp sound even better! If your shopping for an amp that is affordable and can give you the "sound in your head" as they say, this IS the amp! The included footswitch is a plus along with the onboard reverb. For the money this amp does the trick for me. I cannot express how much this amp improved my sound and playing....awesome is the only word that keeps it simple. Thanks Blackstar and Thank you Musicians Friend for a great product that was shipped fast and very well packaged you both have earned my business in the future!!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome little amp

          By Blackstar HT-5 head is fantastic

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I bought the Blackstar HT-5 head and matching 1x12 cabinet as a practice amp. To my ears, the head and cabinet sound better than the combo. The combo sounds good, but I think the separate cabinet provides a better frequency response from top end to bottom end. Plus you can hook up two cabinets to the head for a fat, thick sound.

              The HT-5 is plenty loud for bedroom/living room practice and home recording. It may not be loud enough for rehearsal or small gigs. I bet the HT-20 is loud enough for small gigs.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I can't improve this amp

              By Pro

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I've owned hundreds of amps over my 35 year career (I'm retired from the The American Federation of Musicians), and this is the best amp I've ever owned. And I'm the guy who always tries to "improve" an amp with different or more speakers, and this amp is perfect. With the exception of the stock pre-amp tube (is there anyone who doesn't upgrade the stock tube?) this amp cannot be improved upon. I installed a vintage JAN Philips tube from my tube collection and the amp is the most dynamic, most toneful, quietest and all around greatest amp ever. I use single coils and it will whisper when you want it to and scream when you want it to and everything in between. String separation is exceptional, it responds to every slight nuance of touch. Breakup is exactly what I've been looking for all these years and all that's in the rhythm channel. The lead channel goes from slightly more breakup to plexi territory and never gets mushy. I have the pre-reverb HT-5, so I don't know if the reverb circuit changes anything. Everything else I have is for sale, but not this one!

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great amp

                By syb315

                from brooklyn NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Great Tube Tone
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Not Loud Enough For Gigs

                Best Uses

                • band practice
                • Recording
                • Small gigs

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                Overall I love this amp. Its the really the anti-marshall. Its a great amp for good crunchy rock tones. I'd say its like a mixture of a marshall and mesa boogie amp. I like to keep things simple and the controls are easy with fewer knobs. I keep everything on 5 and its the perfect tone for me. My only complaint is that it isnt quite loud enough for gigs unless you mic it through a PA with some floor monitors. Had i known this, I wouldve bought the ht 20. For band practice it hold up, but its not good for live use. Its also great for recording.

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