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Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Tube-driven metal tone built for the studio or practice.

The Blackstar HT1MC 1W 1x8” combo is a stripped-down, tube-driven metal monster that you can actually play without drawing the wrath of your neighbors. It can handle tones from classic British heavy metal to modern U.S. scooped high gain, and all sonic places in between.

Its two-channel design (Clean and Overdrive) features easy-to-adjust controls, presenting just four knobs: Volume, Gain, Reverb and EQ via Blackstar’s patented Infinite Shape Feature that gives infinite adjustment over your tone characteristics. Couple that with a rugged construction, true tube power through one ECC83 and one ECC82, stereo reverb, stereo aux. line in and external speaker output — and this is a potent tool created to melt faces, but without the public-nuisance charges.

FEATURES
  • 1W tube power
  • Two channels: Clean and Overdrive
  • 1x8” speaker
  • Reverb
  • Patented Infinite Shape Feature
  • Stereo MP3/line input
  • Speaker emulated / headphone output
  • External speaker output, 4-16Ω
  • Metal speaker grille

Get the high-gain tube overdrive tone without the big-amp hassle. Order today!

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BlackstarHT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (8)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality all-tube 1W combo for more than metal

I want to preface this review by saying that I do not play much metal, nor am I even a particularly large fan of metal music. But I was interested in regular version of...Read complete review

I want to preface this review by saying that I do not play much metal, nor am I even a particularly large fan of metal music. But I was interested in regular version of the HT-1 for a low-wattage home play tube amp, and couldn't justify the cost. Enter the HT-1 Metal Edition, and Musician's Friend's sale! This amp has not disappointed. The clean channel is useful for much more than metal. Since it is a British-voiced amp, you can actually get a boxy sort of vintage twang out of it on some settings. There is decent amount of clean headroom, but this amp is more designed to create tube saturation or even high gain at bedroom volumes. So if you are looking a good clean tone to fill up your basement at home, you may not want this as your only amp. The ISF control is interesting, but I probably would have preferred a real tone knob, or even better a Bass/Treble set. The speaker is 8" but sounds fuller/darker than most of its size. I thought at the sale price, this was just too good of a value to pass up. The HT-1 is moderately popular, but I think people are passing on this one unfairly because they assume it is just a high gain monster. But it functions more like a traditional rock/blues amp on the clean channel, and even the drive channel is more of a heavy distortion than a one-dimensional "scooped" concept of metal tone. If you're realistic about what this amp can and cannot be at this size and wattage, I think it's an extremely fun little amplifier.

(I'm attaching a picture below comparing the size of this amp to a Vox Pathfinder 15. Both of them have 8" speakers, yet the HT-1MC is almost half as large! Note - the solid-state Pathfinder is 15 watts and also quite a bit louder than the HT-1MC).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not as good as you think

real simple not as distorted at high levels as a tube amp should be. And I should know I own over 10 amps

real simple not as distorted at high levels as a tube amp should be. And I should know I own over 10 amps

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5.0

Perfect apartment amp!

By cdoub

from Maryland

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Eq

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Practice

Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

Amazing amp, great sound at low volumes. Perfect for a guitarist who wants tube tone at a low volume. But don't be fooled it gets pretty loud. As soon as I plugged in I wanted to buy the HT5. Blackstar is doing things right!!!!

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5.0

Nice piece

By Stanko

from Chicago

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Ruby Tubes Got To Go

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

Swapped out ruby tubes with j/j. Nice upgrade
Didnt sound horrible stock. Just kind of muddy. Now brighter clearer

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5.0

Quality all-tube 1W combo for more than metal

By StormJH1

from Twin Cities, MN

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Pros

  • Clean And Hi-gain Sounds
  • Great Craftsmanship
  • Great Digital Reverb
  • Tube Tones At Low Volume
  • Very Light And Compact

Cons

  • Hi Gain Channel Noisy
  • Limited volume
  • Not Much Eq Control

Best Uses

  • Low Volume Home Jamming

Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

I want to preface this review by saying that I do not play much metal, nor am I even a particularly large fan of metal music. But I was interested in regular version of the HT-1 for a low-wattage home play tube amp, and couldn't justify the cost. Enter the HT-1 Metal Edition, and Musician's Friend's sale! This amp has not disappointed. The clean channel is useful for much more than metal. Since it is a British-voiced amp, you can actually get a boxy sort of vintage twang out of it on some settings. There is decent amount of clean headroom, but this amp is more designed to create tube saturation or even high gain at bedroom volumes. So if you are looking a good clean tone to fill up your basement at home, you may not want this as your only amp. The ISF control is interesting, but I probably would have preferred a real tone knob, or even better a Bass/Treble set. The speaker is 8" but sounds fuller/darker than most of its size. I thought at the sale price, this was just too good of a value to pass up. The HT-1 is moderately popular, but I think people are passing on this one unfairly because they assume it is just a high gain monster. But it functions more like a traditional rock/blues amp on the clean channel, and even the drive channel is more of a heavy distortion than a one-dimensional "scooped" concept of metal tone. If you're realistic about what this amp can and cannot be at this size and wattage, I think it's an extremely fun little amplifier.

(I'm attaching a picture below comparing the size of this amp to a Vox Pathfinder 15. Both of them have 8" speakers, yet the HT-1MC is almost half as large! Note - the solid-state Pathfinder is 15 watts and also quite a bit louder than the HT-1MC).

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5.0

Great Amp even if you don't play metal

By Moveitonover

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

    Awesome small tube amp. As a singer/songwriter mostly folk rock I can get all the tones I need out of it plus useable reverb and I will never use the metal settings. I feel I got the deal of the year.

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    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    not as good as you think

    By metalnorm

    from Muscatine, Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

        real simple not as distorted at high levels as a tube amp should be. And I should know I own over 10 amps

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        5.0

        Small but, mighty!

        By ESPfanatic

        from Plantation,FL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Practice
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

          This is my first tube amp and so far I'm loving it. Really suprised me how powerful an amp this size could be. I am really impressed with the quality from Blackstar. Lots of great features packed into a small package. There is also the option of pluging the amp into a cabinet and mp3 port. it's perfect for anyone who wants a nice pure metal tone. The sound is very clear even with heavy distortion. What's really awesome is that you could definitely record with this amp mic-ed up or pluged into your computer. Overall real bang for your buck. At this price I'd snag one up as soon as possible. Trust me I'm on a budget and this is quite a deal at 189.

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          5.0

          killer little amp

          By booman13

          from Spartanburg, SC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practice Amp

            Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

            This is a great amp! Perfect for sounding great at a low volume in the bedroom. I love the cleans and the metal gain. This is the tone I've been searching for. Love it so much I'm now planning on buying a ht 40 for gigs and band practice.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            1 watt crunch master

            By JCA

            from South West Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bedroom Level Metal Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Emulated Speaker Out
            • Excellent Pushed Clean
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Impressive Gain Levels
            • Portable
            • Quality Buildappearance
            • Quality built
            • Shred Worthy Monster

            Cons

            • A Little To Much Bass
            • Full Eq Would Be Useful
            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Great For Recording Di
            • Home Studio
            • Individual Practice
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

            Excellent little amp for bedroom level playing and for recording.

            For recording I run it derect through a Focusrite 2i2 into an iMac with GarageBand. It sounds amazing!

            The 8" speaker in the combo doesn't handle the bassiness at moderate to higher volume settings. It could really use a 3 band EQ to help loose a little more bass. I did run it through my 2x12 cabinet and it sounded great! I'm guessing a 4x12 would be great too. Although I haven't tried that.

            In case anyone was wondering. This amp is NOT loud enough to gig, unless you run derect. Which is understandable. It's not what this little guy was designed for.

            I definitely don't regret this purchase. I'd buy it again if needed. I highly recommend it.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best low wattage tube amp on the market!

            By 80's Rocker

            from Wellington FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Absolutely NONE

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

            This amp sounds incredibly good with surprisingly crisp cleans and excellent gain levels. I put a nice Mooer Ana Analog Delay in front of it and you can pretty much dial into whatever tone you desire with the ISF control. This is by far the best money I have ever spent on home use equipment. I will add Blackstar's HT112 to enhance the sound in the future.

            This is a definite much have!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bad lil wamma jamma

            By jreg

            from Dearborn Heights,Mi.

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • 4-16 Ohm Cab Jack Output
            • Clean Channel
            • Compact
            • Doesn't Sound Boxy
            • Emulated Headpone Output
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Mp3 Input
            • Nice Design
            • Portable
            • Solid construction

            Cons

            • No Mid Eq 4 Dist Channel

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT1MC 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

            Received as promised. Notice not many reviews on this amp. This is a under the radar amp. The price doesn't reflect the quality. I jumped on this offer. Even though it's high gain amp, it performs beautifully in clean mode. Warm and crisp. Clean, blues, rock, its there for ya. Wow, it can get load if needed. Nice sound from headphone output. Wish it had a mid eq for distortion channel, because it gets wickedly grungey fast. Da, its a high gain amp. Clean channel doesn't need it. Belt out some licks and scales on this lil monster. Will update after connecting to 4x12 cab.

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