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Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The Blackstar HT5MR 5W combo is a tube-driven metal monster that lets you produce high-gain madness at home 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.

It features two foot-switchable channels: Clean and Overdrive, and presents shared controls for Reverb, Treble, Mids, Bass and ISP — Blackstar’s patented Infinite Shape Feature that gives infinite adjustment over your tone characteristics. The Overdrive channel has independent Volume and Gain controls; and the Clean channel has independent Tone and Volume knobs.

The MT5MR also features rugged construction, true tube power through one ECC83 and one 12BH7, included footswitch, stereo digital reverb, speaker emulated output with 1x12” and 4x12” voicings and an FX loop with level switch. It’s a fully equipped shred machine that you can play without incurring public-nuisance charges.

A tube-driven metal machine built for home and studio.

FEATURES
  • 5W tube power
  • Two channels: Clean and Overdrive
  • Digital stereo reverb
  • Patented Infinite Shape Feature
  • FX loop with +4dBV/-10dBV level switch
  • Footswitch included
  • Metal grille
  • Tubes: one ECC83; one 12BH7

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

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BlackstarHT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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    • Experienced (4)

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5.0

Just what I needed for a great little tube amp at home.

By 

from Nor Cal

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

    Great sound. I wanted a small tube amp to use at home. This fit the bill nicely and has a huge variety of sound capabilities. Plenty of power for the house and would likely mic well for certain venues. Caught my eye as SDOTD. Very pleased I bought it. I also have a Tech 21 Trademark 60. Between these 2 amps, I can get just about any sound I want.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great value

    By 

    from Ventura CA

    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 Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

      Great practice amp. But it has enough power I think I will be able to use this miked up at a gig. The 12 inch speaker really make a big difference compared with other low wattage practice amps I have used. Very good value and easy to carry.

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      5.0

      Better than advertised

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      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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 HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

        I have a wall of high powered English tube amps and I needed something to record with and practice on that wouldn't disturb anyone late at night, but would still give me my sound and tone. I crank my tube amps for saturation, this is an absolute must. It does sound good at all volume levels, but if you run it hot it's hard to believe it's a 5W amp. We also own a recording studio, and have been disappointed in every modeling processor, low wattage amp and every other POD or boutique thing we ever tried. Until now!

        This thing thinks it's a 100 watt Brit stack cranked on 8 with a good set of tubes in it. So much for the Axe FX, Eleven Rack, Line 6 equipment, it's all collecting dust now.

        I have a one owner (me) 77 Gibson RD Custom Artist, Les Paul 7 string, Schecter 7 string, various Ibanez, Takamine, BC Rich, Martin, etc guitars, plus our clients bring all different types as well. EVERYTHING sounds good though this amp. My wife's electric violins do, the mandolin does, we even tried my 6 string active pickups bass and yep, that sounds good too. I'm not a fan of Fender guitar amps, but the ISF contour does a good job of making it sound like those too. Mesa, Roland, boutique, we have all those and none of them touch this thing for what it was made to do, and that's metal.

        Still, the clean channel is also excellent, nice crisp tone, very responsive and when you turn it up it starts to pleasantly distort like a good tube amp will. Warm and transpartent until you want it to bite, then it has sharp fangs indeed!

        It has plenty of features such as effect loop, 3 band EQ on the dirty channel, even reverb but the reason it's such a great amp and value is the tone. This amp just sounds good, no modeled amp, preamp, speaker, whatever is goimg to sound like this. The direct out is even good, but the mic'd speaker method is best. Why spend a fortune imitatating a driven tube amp when you can get a real one for way less?? Oh, and you can play it anytime.

        Bottom line, get this amp if you're in the market for anything from a practice amp to a small stage amp to a yes, I'm saying this, recording front end or preamp for your guitar.

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        5.0

        SDOTD Win!!!

        By 

        from Clarksville, Md

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Built Very Solid
        • Great features
        • Lots Of Gain
        • Sound quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Practice Amp
        • Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

        Moved to a condo, and my Peavey VK100 was a tad too loud. Got this on SDOTD for an insane price after sending my HT1 metal combo back to MF. Well worth the extra dough. Effects loop foot switch 12 inch speaker, reverb, tons of gain. I may never be able to afford a Mesa triple rec, but I get great high gain tones from this amp. Would recommend to anyone.

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        5.0

        This amp Rocks!

        By 

        from Buffalo NY

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None Found

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

        Already owning a Blackstar HT-5 combo in white for a while I knew what to expect with the HT Metal 5 combo. My opinion of the clean channel is that it is quite good but not great. The overdrive channel is where this amp really shines. The HT METAL 5 has quite a bark at only 5 watts. If high gain is your thing this amp delivers just that. It gets raunchy quite quick with the gain knob and just gets more insane as you turn the knob more. I have no problem finding a good tone on this amp.

        On day two of owning this amp I decided to gig with it. With a Sure SM-57 in front of the 12" speaker, it sounded great in the PA. The other guitar player uses it's big Brother, a HT Metal 60 2-12" combo and this little baby was cutting threw the mix just fine.

        For the gig I bypassed the amps preamp plugging a Line6 Pod Pro rack unit into the effects loop straight to the power amp return for all my amp tones and effects needed for the gig. I was pushing it the whole way and had it topped off by the gigs end, it didn't waver at all. I'd say I broke in the speaker a bit. The amp as a monitor could have been a tad louder as my drummer is a pounder but the sound into the PA made hearing myself no problem. The gig was a total success and the amp gets a two thumbs up! My louder back up amp never left my truck. I love the features this little amp has packed into it.

        Having a little collection of some of the competitors 5 watt and under affordable tube amps, the Blackstar HT series 5's are my favorite by far. I was actually contemplating buying the head version of the HT Metal 5 but the stupid deal of the day made it a no brainer to get the combo. If they made a 20 or 40 watt head version with the features of the 60 Watt Metal combo I'd be in Heaven. Nice amps!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amp that any metal head should have

        By 

        from Pacific Northwest

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basement
          • Bedroom
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:

          First, thanks to Musician's Friend for outstanding customer service and low prices.

          The amp was solidly built, lightweight, and the knobs were easy to see and use.

          OK, I am reviewing this amp using the settings for American scooped metal provided by Blackstar. I am using a Schecter guitar (hardtail) with a Seymour Duncan Custom bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Transition neck pickup. No tone knob. First, the clean channel. I played barre chords, single note leads, power chords, two-handed taps. The sound was punchy and warm. Each note was pronounced. Moving the volume past 6 and the sound was breaking a bit. Pushed it further and it sounded like overdrive. The tone knob darkens or brightens the sound. At 2, the sound was warm When moved towards 6 or even 8, the sound became, to my ears, too bright. Using the bridge pickup, the overdrive channel was in your face. Power chords were tight, no muddy sounds. Leads were clean and loud. Using the suggested settings, some may notice, much like I did, that there was too much bass. Dialing it back a bit weaken the sound as did dialing up the treble. What I ended up doing was, using the suggested settings, I tweaked the ISF knob towards the UK side. Instead of having the ISF at 2 I moved it to a 5 and it lessen the bass. With this adjusted setting, I still had the crunch that I was looking for. There was thoughts about the speaker in that I was thinking about replacing the stock speaker with a Celestion. But having played this amp for a couple of hours...nope, I not changing anything.
          Can this amp be used with a band? While loud, I doubt it especially if you have a Gonzo drummer. This amp was designed, built for the home or studio. All in all, this is a great little practice/home/studio amp for the heavy metal guitarist.

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