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Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb   

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The great looking HT-5RW packs all the tube-powered punch of its bigger brother. Packed into this stylish package are two footswitchable channels, Bl...Click To Read More About This Product

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An award-winning amp with fresh custom looks.

The great looking HT-5RW packs all the tube-powered punch of its bigger brother. Packed into this stylish package are two footswitchable channels, Blackstar's patented ISF control, a custom designed 12" speaker and a lush digital reverb. This combo is guaranteed to sound as great as it looks.

FEATURES
  • One ECC83 and one 12BH7
  • Push pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 12" Blackbird 50 custom designed speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patented ISF
  • Fully equipped for studio or practice
  • Digital Stereo Reverb
  • Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included

Call or click to pick up 5W of killer tone and worlds of style.

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BlackstarHT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Portable (16)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good amp and sound for the money.

I bought this amp a few months ago and so far very satisfied. I wanted a good tube amp that I can play in my home without having to crank it up to get...Read complete review

I bought this amp a few months ago and so far very satisfied. I wanted a good tube amp that I can play in my home without having to crank it up to get a good sound. This amp sounds great at low volume. I love the built in overdrive channel, puts out some nice distortion. I can get most hard rock and metal sounds right out of the box with out any added effects pedals. Sometimes, I wish I would have bought the head unit instead of the combo, but I can do anything with combo that the head can do. I can plug my combo into 4x12 extension cabinet and get the same sounds as with the head. The combo seems a lot small then I was expecting. Its very compact and does not take away from the sound quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK Amp

I have the twin speaker version. The amp sounds good; I can get good tone at low volumes. My only knock on the amp is the ISF feature. I didn't check this when...Read complete review

I have the twin speaker version. The amp sounds good; I can get good tone at low volumes. My only knock on the amp is the ISF feature. I didn't check this when I tried out the amp, once I got it home I realized it actually does nothing. I suspect it is just a pot not connected to anything, just a marketing gimmick. With that said I am happy with the amp, they should just get rid of the ISF pot and remove that from their marketing.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good amp and sound for the money.

By BlackCherry

from Germany

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

    I bought this amp a few months ago and so far very satisfied. I wanted a good tube amp that I can play in my home without having to crank it up to get a good sound. This amp sounds great at low volume. I love the built in overdrive channel, puts out some nice distortion. I can get most hard rock and metal sounds right out of the box with out any added effects pedals. Sometimes, I wish I would have bought the head unit instead of the combo, but I can do anything with combo that the head can do. I can plug my combo into 4x12 extension cabinet and get the same sounds as with the head. The combo seems a lot small then I was expecting. Its very compact and does not take away from the sound quality.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every Penny!

    By Hawaii In Style

    from Keaau Hawaii

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

    I'm a Strat guy of 30 years with the SRV desired tone. Watch the youtube video's of this amp online it sounds like a machine gun amp.. Metal Only... not true, very good tone! I've had every amp under the sun in 40 years, still have a 70's full stack.. ok, we get older and wiser and this is perfect for jam nights, got a good PA, no worries.. wish it was 10watts as you might reach for more and its not there! But its about the tone for me and this amp has it. Sounds great straight in (and i like that for portability) but it takes my pedalboard like it was flirting and you can get more horsepower in volume!! For the price tag it don't get any better.. DR. Z watch out! ;)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    HT-5R 5W Combo

    By Atomic Kidd

    from La Mirada, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

      Sweet distortion down low or Cruch up high. Great sustain and harmonic overtones. As simple to use as the Blackstar Distortion pedal, very intuitive and I disagree with another review, the ISO knob, while subtle, does work as advertised!! Get one!

      (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK Amp

      By Alex Curits

      from California

      About Me Novice

      Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

      I have the twin speaker version. The amp sounds good; I can get good tone at low volumes. My only knock on the amp is the ISF feature. I didn't check this when I tried out the amp, once I got it home I realized it actually does nothing. I suspect it is just a pot not connected to anything, just a marketing gimmick. With that said I am happy with the amp, they should just get rid of the ISF pot and remove that from their marketing.

       
      5.0

      Fabulous Amp!

      By Hawaii In Style

      from Keaau Hawaii

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

        behold.. 35+ years search and finally a tube amp that can acquire my wanted tones without a pedalboard. Lightweight and great tone! Sounds great with running a clean tone and a BB with all the toys or just straight in, head to the open mic.. it really blows people away. I liked it so well i went and got another one for stereo applications for live, and squeeze a little more volume. Strat SRV tones, its not just a machine gun amp.. 15w would have really make this dynamite.. will no doubt go down as one of those amps to get your hands on.. sorry mine are not for sale! ;)

         
        5.0

        Love this amp

        By MT

        from TBay

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

            I had first purchased the 1 watt and was very impressed I wanted this one but missed the STUPID Deal on it. I am Glad I missed that deal because i bought the 5 watt Blackstar condition 2 for a lot less then the stupid deal was for. It said condition 2 with some wear but i have yet to see any wear on it anywhere. Very very very please and the amp is like butter, just love it.

             
            5.0

            Great little amp, with nice features

            By Jimiraz

            from Buffalo NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

              I've given my HT-5R in white quite the workout in various ways in the time I've had it. The only function I have not used is the MP3/line input. This amp is my favorite in my collection of 5 watt and under tube amps. This amp is packed with great features and is very versatile. In my opinion it blows away anything else in it's price range. Right out of the box this amp Rocks. Takes pedals great in the front and in the loop. Sounded great in any of my speaker cabs I've tried thus far. Was really impressed with the warm clean vintage tones I got plugged into a old Sunn 12" speaker. Stock speaker sounds great in my opinion. I don't see a need to replace, it has broken in very nice. The direct out sounds great into a mixer and it crushed at band rehearsal plugged into a 4x12 bottom with a SM57 in front of the stock speaker into our system. I have even plugged my rack mount Carvin "QUAD-X" 4 channel tube Preamp into the effects return turning it into a 4 channel 5 watt monster bypassing the internal preamp. I can squeeze a bit more headroom especially noticed in the cleans with my preamp. In closing the amp on it's own shines with every guitar I've plugged in be it a Strat, Tele, or humbucker equipped guitar. It would be great if the clean channel had more than one tone control, but all and all you can get some nice tone out of it as is. The distortion channel rocks. The on board Reverb is quite nice. Great little amp, couldn't ask for more and getting it with the "stupid deal of the day" I am still smiling like a kid in a candy store. She's beautiful, love it. A nice edition to my amp arsenal.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              sweet---great tone

              By patk

              from Detroit

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Loaded With Features--

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Living Room Cranking

                Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

                a bargain --tone to the bone--great reverb--feature loaded

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Finest Of It's Breed

                By nYdGeo

                from New Orleans, LA

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Full featured
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

                  Finally, a pocket-rocket, tube amplifier for the player who doesn't want compromise. Two-channels with footswitch, reverb, effects loop, and multiple speaker/ohm options. The cab-emulated direct/headphone out is amazingly enough, a usable extra.

                  Doubt if I'll ever usea the MP3 input, but for those that might, it should have the 1/8" connection that every phone and MP3 player uses instead of the current 1/4".

                  The sound is stunning. A clean channel similar to a Fender clean/bright input. It's very limited "Tone" control has not kept me from a delicious, usable sound.

                  The Lead channel's ISF control takes your from "USA to UK". Mine lives in "UK", providing a delicious, high-gain, JCM 900 type of sound. I set the 3-band EQ controls to noon and I'm in blazing heaven.

                  It's 5-watts is loud but, its only 5-watts. If you want louder, buy louder. But I could 4-cable this with my pedalboard, mic it and play an arena.

                  In my opinion, there is nothing finer in this class.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound from a small package

                  By black70bird

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Awesome Tone
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Great Setup Examples
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • It Is White

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb:

                  I pulled the amp out of the box and set it to the recommended settings for Blues and was blown away. It sounded as good as my Egnater Tweaker 15H through a custom 2x10 cab. I will be keeping this one for sure. It is as quiet as the Tweaker when not playing, no hissing. Love it

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