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Blackstar HT-5R 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo with Reverb   (Open Box)
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Product# H93801
OVERVIEW

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 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Portable (14)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (16)
    • Amateur recording (15)
    • Performances (10)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15)

    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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    5.0

    Great little amp, with nice features

    By Jimiraz

    from Buffalo NY

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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      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

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        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.

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          5.0

          Great sound from a small package

          By black70bird

          from Colorado

          About Me Novice

          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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          5.0

          The best tube solution for home studio

          By Hoarfrost

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Crisp Clear Clean Tone
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Gain Tone
          • Reverb Is Solid
          • Studio Quality Emulation

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Practice
            • Home Recording
            • Indoor Jazz Room
            • Metal Recording
            • Professional Recording
            • Small Venue Performance
            • Tone Tweaking

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

            This little 5 watt amp has changed my entire home studio for the better. I currently run its speaker emulated out through a BBE 482i sonic max into the Focusrite 18i20. On clean with a hollow body and you are cooking Pat Martino Jazz tone perfectly. On overdrive with gain set high (I also use a Blackstar overdrive to dial in the perfect tone) this thing will provide a metal tone you wouldn't believe.

            In summary, buy it. Especially if its on sale. It is an essential piece of gear for home studios. Yet is also versatile enough for home practice or very small venue performance.

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            5.0

            Great stack sound from 5 watts

            By Jazzcrunch

            from Camarillo CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            Terrific "In Your Face" aggressive sound. Pull out the Les Paul and go straight to AC/DC crunchland. Re: the "ISF" control, it is a nice EQ knob but it doesn't really transport you across the Atlantic. If you're looking for tweedy clean tones you won't find it here! Fun fact: turning up the master volume also turns up the dirt, big time.

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            5.0

            Great Amp!!

            By John

            from Illinois

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Looks Great
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Quality Components
            • Solid Build

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I have been enjoying the heck out of this amp since I picked it up. The clean channel is a little "flat" on its own, but I've added an MXR compressor and it now sounds fantastic. But the OD channel on this amp is where it's at: simply amazing! No extra help needed! It has many sweet spots! The "Infinite Shape Feature"(ISF) allows for many tonal nuances with the turn of just one knob. Been playing a PRS SE Custom through it, and I'm infatuated with the really full crunchy sounds I can get when playing power chords, and yet the nice clean individual notes I can get when playing high lead notes. It's loud and full, but "soft" on the ears: not harsh. Hard to describe, other than just what I've been looking for! You really can get a true overdriven sound, full of crunch, sustain, and layers of sound, but at lower volume levels (if you want). I could listen to those tones all night! The built in reverb works great, too. Set about half-way it adds fullness, and allows for just the right amount of feedback (while in OD). There's a lot of variety available in a very small package. The 12" onboard speaker for me is holding up fine. No complaints. It's also as loud as I want it to be. With headphones, it's ok for practice, but definitely sounds better through the speaker. Just can't get the same full sound through phones. Haven't tried adding other speakers, but that option is available: probably will eventually. I haven't tried recording with the direct out, or adding a line in. The effects loop works well. One thing that's a little different from other amps I own is that all of the jacks and controls on the back are contained "under" the top back panel, facing down, not out. So when you plug in cables, you can't really see the jack: either have to look underneath, or go by feel (which works fine). It's a little odd at first, but has the advantage of protecting all of the plug ins: nothing can get bumped or bent. It is different, but I'm getting used to it. One last thing: this amp looks fantastic! The first thing I noticed when I opened it was the attention to detail: chrome corner guards on the cabinet; stitched leather carrying strap; all metal knobs. Everything feels solid. Mine is the "white" model, which I absolutely love. I would have sworn this model was made in England, though it says made in China on the back. But there is nothing cheap about this at all. I have a Fender Super Champ Deluxe, which is comparable in size (and price) to this amp, but they look like night and day. The Fender uses plastic knobs, no corner guards, plastic carrying strap. It comes with a cheap 10" speaker and "simulated" overdrive settings. Compared to the Blackstar, it's really a toy. I also have a H&K Tubemeister 18 head. That is also a great amp: solid (German) build. Very cool. But I have to say I like the un-aided OD sound of the Blackstar better. And I don't need to bring a speaker cab along. (The Tubemeister also cost twice as much!) The HT-5R has become my "go to" amp every time I walk in the studio. I've had it for a couple weeks, playing it an hour or more everyday, and I have yet to get tired of it. I won't mention price, other than to say, I got a great deal! This amp has it all for me: great tube amp sound, great looks, solid build, and portability. I would not be afraid to take this amp anywhere: I know it'll turn heads! I realize this review is long, but this amp is worth it. Highly recommended. Very happy with this purchase.

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              5.0

              Good Things Do Come In Small Packages!

              By Guitarheel

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Practice
                • Home Studio
                • Jams
                • Performances

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

                I currently own an Egnater Renegade 2x12 combo, which I absolutely love, but isn't exactly portable, at least not for a quick grab and go. At this point in my life I'm strictly a home hobbyist, who occasionally jams with friends. I was looking for something more portable, but still had the the versatility and punch of the Renegade. I love tube combos. Although some modeling amps (I also own a Line 6 Spider Jam) can get you some nice tones, there's simply nothing warmer than tubes. I was searching high and low for a new compact tube combo. I do most of my shopping online...just no time to be hanging out at guitar stores like I used to. I really wanted a Blues Jr. NOS because I'm into the tweed thing, but I've never liked Fender's overdrive channel, not enough grit there for my taste. I wanted something versatile, that required no pedals, that I could just pick up and go, and have pristine cleans, and an abundance of dirt in one box. I watched a lot of videos, read a lot of reviews, and I kept coming back to the Blackstar HT5R. I know the metal crowd loves them, but they also possess brilliant cleans, and I spend equal time between the two...diverse tastes.
                So I logged onto MF one morning and there was the Stupid Deal of the Day...a beautiful white HT5R staring me in the face. I said to myself, wow, I really would be stupid not to buy this sucker, especially for that price. I've never played one in person, but based on my research I felt pretty good about it. The deal made my decision a heck of a lot easier. The box arrived just a few days later in perfect condition. Packaging was substantial, and when I opened her up she had obviously had a cushy trip. The white with black cloth looks awesome...I really appreciate the retro flare this little beauty gives off. After everyone was in bed, I took her upstairs to the bonus room and plugged her in. Gave her a good ten minutes to get warmed up before flipping the standby switch, and then we were off and running. There's always a break in period for speakers and tubes, but I had no complaints that night. I ran several guitars through it and they all shined in their own way. My favorite was the Reverend Reeves Gabrels with Railhammers...these two were made for each other. I couldn't get a bad sound from the combo. My strat sounds excellent as well...superb cleans in every position. I've had the Blackstar for a couple of weeks now and its fantastic. I get pristine cleans, plenty of dirt, and a whole range of dirt in between that sounds great. Definitely a versatile amp, and I've yet to plug in a single pedal. The reverb more than does the job in this unit, and at the end of the day that's really the only effect I need. As far as volume is concerned this thing is loud. I've yet to turn the clean channel past noon, and the overdrive past 9...it gets loud in a hurry. I can crank the gain and use my guitars volume knobs for a plethora of tones. Another reason I love tubes...you can tweak the guitars volume knob and lose dirt but not the volume. Although I have no plans to gig out any time soon, you could absolutely rock this thing in a small venue, especially if mic'd. I do plan to record with it in the very near future...lots of potential there. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase. Thank you Blackstar for a killer product, and thank you MF for the stupid deal of the day. I'll certainly be coming back for more. Cheers!

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                5.0

                Looking for the most with least????

                By Albecolee

                from New York, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

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

                  I've owned many different amps over the past 30+ years. Now that I am older and downsizing, I wanted that one versatile amp that can do it all, yet compact with a great tone. Well, this is it if you are in the market that won't break your back or bank. This lil bad boy sounds great with all my guitars with various PU's--telecaster, Les paul, shredders, etc.

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                  4.0

                  Okay for stupid deal of the day

                  By DW

                  from Saint Joseph, MO

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

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

                    I was looking for a smaller amp that would sound good at low volumes in my little basement recording studio. This is it. Plus it is extremely easy to hook up to your computer to record tracks. Also, if you own a POD 2.0, you can come out of the left/right output of the POD and go directly into the MP3 in connection of the Blackstar, and you have an incredibly good sound coming out of the amp with a ton of tweakable tones and effects. I couldn't justify it at the normal price, but I jumped on it for the Stupid deal of the day. I'll keep this one

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