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Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 

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Packs all the great tone and innovative features of the award-winning HT-5 tube amp into a 1W format.

The innovative HT-1R guitar combo amp offers unbelievable tube sound in a compact format. The patent-applied-for ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes you from the USA to the UK, and everywhere in between Add a fully specified speaker-emulated output, MP3/line input, plus an 8-ohm speaker out and you have everything you need for recording or practicing.

FEATURES
  • Innovative 1W tube combo
  • 1 ECC83 and 1 ECC82
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Based on award-winning HT-5
  • Two channels
  • 8" speaker
  • Reverb
  • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Perfect for studio or practice
  • Speaker-emulated output
  • Stereo MP3/;ine input

This rippin' little tube combo is perfect for the studio or the bedroom. Get yours now!

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BlackstarHT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Professional recording (5)
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    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Little Practice Amp!

I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low...Read complete review

I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low volume with all manner of pedals (Fulltone, Lovepedal, Visual Sound, others) to give a little "grit" to the sound. But from a tone perspective, using a pedal just isn't the same as pushing a tube amp, and you can't push a 15 watt, or even a 5 watt, tube amp to overdrive at a volume that is reasonable for bedroom practice.

So, enter the Blackstar, which as far as I can tell is one of the only 1-watt options out there that also has reverb (plus other useful options like the direct line out), and is by far the most reasonably priced. So I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. Using the "clean" channel, I can push the gain to get a bit of grit when I dig in, but it doesn't saturate like an overdrive pedal tends to. Perfect. I can then use my EP Booster or my Open Road Pedal, or both, to add additional drive when needed. I use a 57 Strat reissue and one of the 1961 Epiphone Casino reissues, and both sound fantastic with this setting, and I can play along with a sequence or recording and sound good without being at an ear-splitting volume level.

Were I to suggest improvements, I'd say the reverb is only OK. It works and is sufficient, but I miss a real spring reverb (this one is digital). I'd also prefer a 10" speaker and an open back (or the option to have an open back) as the sound is a little "boxy." Also, 1 watt is still surprisingly loud, maybe 1/10th to 1/2 watt would be sufficient, or an attenuator to select this output if desired?

But realistically, all these changes would increase the price, and while they might be nice to have, they don't diminish the quality or functionality of this amp as is. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more options in this area as guitarists spend a huge amount of time playing at home and this really sounds better than any practice rig I've ever had. So kudos to Blackstar on the HT-1R. I definitely recommend it to any guitarist interested in having a great home/practice tone.

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Great little amp

This is a very cool little amp. It has great OD features, good Reverb. MP3 in, Headphones. Line out. Make this a great practice, recording amp. Let's face it, it's...Read complete review

This is a very cool little amp. It has great OD features, good Reverb. MP3 in, Headphones. Line out. Make this a great practice, recording amp. Let's face it, it's not a Tweed Champ. But when you plug this little 1 watter into a full size 1x12, 2x12 Cab, it sounds great. Big crunch at low levels. It's made well, looks quality, sounds great. You need one!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Little Practice Amp!

By Sputnik1138

from Quincy, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Practice

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low volume with all manner of pedals (Fulltone, Lovepedal, Visual Sound, others) to give a little "grit" to the sound. But from a tone perspective, using a pedal just isn't the same as pushing a tube amp, and you can't push a 15 watt, or even a 5 watt, tube amp to overdrive at a volume that is reasonable for bedroom practice.

    So, enter the Blackstar, which as far as I can tell is one of the only 1-watt options out there that also has reverb (plus other useful options like the direct line out), and is by far the most reasonably priced. So I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. Using the "clean" channel, I can push the gain to get a bit of grit when I dig in, but it doesn't saturate like an overdrive pedal tends to. Perfect. I can then use my EP Booster or my Open Road Pedal, or both, to add additional drive when needed. I use a 57 Strat reissue and one of the 1961 Epiphone Casino reissues, and both sound fantastic with this setting, and I can play along with a sequence or recording and sound good without being at an ear-splitting volume level.

    Were I to suggest improvements, I'd say the reverb is only OK. It works and is sufficient, but I miss a real spring reverb (this one is digital). I'd also prefer a 10" speaker and an open back (or the option to have an open back) as the sound is a little "boxy." Also, 1 watt is still surprisingly loud, maybe 1/10th to 1/2 watt would be sufficient, or an attenuator to select this output if desired?

    But realistically, all these changes would increase the price, and while they might be nice to have, they don't diminish the quality or functionality of this amp as is. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more options in this area as guitarists spend a huge amount of time playing at home and this really sounds better than any practice rig I've ever had. So kudos to Blackstar on the HT-1R. I definitely recommend it to any guitarist interested in having a great home/practice tone.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp with Excellent Tone

    By Spike

    from Baltimore, MD

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      What surprised me most about this amp was its crystal clean sound. While most demo videos focus on this amp's ability to generate good crunch and metal sounds, I found that the clean sounds were in fact better than those found in Fender tube amps. This is very surprising and an incredible plus. This feature is only realized, however, when the amp is connected to an external cabinet preferably with a 12" speaker. The internal 8" speaker sounds best when playing only crunch or metal sounds. The amp has surprising power when hooked to an exteranl cabinet. The Blackstar is a must for home recording musicians.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Practice Amp with Tone!

      By Steve C

      from Florida

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      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I waited a long time to get a practice amp. Money is tight, and I wanted an amp with high build quality and tube tone. I was not looking for a bunch of bells and whistles. This amp fits the bill perfectly! I have 2 small children and a small house...not a good combination for practice, but I can use this without headphones, get the gain I want at a volume low enough to keep the kids asleep. It is loud when needed, I was surprised at how loud 1 watt can be. The headphone jack works great and uses a 1/4" plug. The EQ knob really does allow me to get a whole array of different tones as advertised. The most impressive aspect to me is the quality. The fit and finish and the hardware used are fantastic. Overall my HT-1R is a small, simple, great sounding amp.
      Just the basics and a reverb. For a small practice amp, it was all I wanted/needed. The headphone jack and mp3 input work great. No effects loop, but the sound is awesome as is.
      Fantastic build quality. Really nice knobs and toggle switch hardware. The front grille has real nice piping. The mp3 and headphone jacks are 1/4", so I needed an adapter for my mp3. Just overall great build quality.
      I shopped around and looked at other amps, tube and solid state. The only other serious contender was the Marshall Class 5 for me. I decided to save the $ and go for the smaller Blackstar. The reverb is also an added plus compared to the Marshall. If I was going to play out with this amp, the Marshall would probably be a better choice, but that is not what I was looking for. I just wish it was made in the UK or USA!

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Follow up...

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      OK, a follow up to my earlier review is in order. After discussing the situation with the kind custormer service reps, I had them send me a replacement HT-1. I was very nervous about getting another after the bitter disapointment of the first one kiling itself, but i couldn't get over how much i enjoyed it before it died.

      So glad i did, it's my new favorie toy. The tone control is a awfully limited, but that's about the only complaint I have with it. From country twang to heavy Alice in Chains riffing, I love what this amp can do. The ISF knob is dead simple, but very effective for voicing the amp where you want it. Reverb is pretty good. Not real spring reverb good, but darned good for digital. The gain control is extremely effective and subtle. I've been meaning to see how well it sounds with my favorite overdrive pedals, but haven't gotten around to it. It really just sounds good pugged straight in.

      A warning to those wanting this for band situations: Don't, it simply isn't loud enough.

      If, however, you are looking for a good simple around the house and/or recording amp, you really can't go wrong with one.

      Just make sure you buy a new one to avoid random failures haha.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Affordable quality low watt tube amp

      By Saturn

      from Lexington, Ky

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp is exactly what it says it is. Excellent tube tones at manageable volumes. You can achieve any hard rock or metal tone you desire. The clean channel is useful, but let's face it, that's not what this thing is designed for.

        The amp accepts pedals very well allowing for a lot of experimentation.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Little Amp

        By Spoonbender

        from Charlotte NC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            The designers of this Amp show pure genius and "get it". I'm amazed at the power of this amp. Try plugging it into a 12" speaker-wow. You can get a lot of different sounds from this amp. It sounds warmer than some of my other tube amps that have more tubes than this little baby!! All in all, one of the best purchases I've ever made and Musicians Friend made it super easy and affordable. I know, it sounds like I work for Musicians Friend but I don't. If you want cool tube sounds and headphone jack/recording speaker emulation, reverb, great clean and gain tones buy it!

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By JoeB

            from New York

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            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            You will get anything you are looking for through this amp via a full rich sound (FULL VOLUME) I have a Gibson Custom Les paul Custom and I love this amp for playing at home close the door you'll still be heard with the door closed but at a tolerable level for your family but sit in front of it and you'll be satisfied again I can not emphasize enough the sound and TONE it's perfect

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT PRO AMP....GREAT BLUE COLLAR PRICE

            By EROCK-.hyfh

            from Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            FORGET MARSHALL, VOX, FENDER AND ANY OF THE 'ESTABLISHED' BRANDS.....BUY THIS AMP!!!!!!!!! BUY BLACKSTAR!!!!!
            This amp does it all. The cleans are nice..very botique and although this amp has the ability to change voicing from US to UK and anywhere inbetween (quite a feat) I feel the cleans lean to a british inspired sound over all. That said, you can create a texas blues powerhouse tone to a modern UK thrash metal sound. Its INSANE....there are no real tone knobs, but the ISF know alows great tone control and ANYONE will be satisfied with the tone it provides...Sounds great turned all the way up....it seems to increase the treble end of the spectrum.
            Appears to be a better build then my VOX or Marshall amps.
            It's a pro recording/practice amp...says so on the packaging and it backs up the claim.....with lots left over....believe it!

            (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sounded fantastic, till it died.

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Finally pulled the trigger on one of these Blackstar HT-1R combos in part because of the rave reviews out there, partly because it had all the features I've been wanting for years.

            I'll tell you what, I was just as pleased as heck with this thing....for all of 5 minutes before something went pop and it died. Probably just a bad tube, but you have to pull the whole back panel off to get at them (I think, I don't even know if they ARE accesible). Not going to take a screwdriver to an amp I JUST bought and risk voiding the warranty.

            It's going back tomorrow. Can't tell you how disapointing this is.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BUY THIS RIGHT AWAY

            By Jammer321

            from Toronto

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Bedroom practice
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I bought this amp after i found out that its what Gus G used on OZZYS SCREAM album (he used more powerfull stacks).It just ripped my head off,ive never been more impressed with an amp sound,i had to get one right away.When i got it home i was in love with it right away,it sounds great with the four guitars ive tryed it with,an American strat c/w a Tone Zone S in the bridge position,Ibannez RG550 c/w active EMG 85,81,Gibson SG faded cherry that came with stock P90s,and my 1996 Gibson Les Paul standard cherry s/b. with PAFs.Ive been playing for about 35yrs and currently own a Marshall JCM800 50W H/C,JCM900 100W daul rev,Marshall HG40w combo,Fender 40w Hot Rod,(Orange 20w Tiny Terror c/mating cab dont buy).And have owned many other guitar and amps, but i truley wish they had Blackstar amps back in the day,if your a skeptic get your yourself to a store that carrys em.It also has a dedicated ipod unput for jamming with your fav songs on ipod.I thought at first that it was not going to be that good but i was pleasently surprised to hear how great the feature was.The music sounds like it has its own speaker,and there is beautiful seperation between your guitar and the ipod.Even thought it has a small speaker i was shocked at the characterists i was and still hear everyday,Now im not saying it sounds like a largs cab,but it mimics almost what a much larger speaker cab sounds like,very hard to explain but very real in my ears when i play.And it is built to be able to run other cabinets,it has a 4-16 ohm output.I plugged it in to my Marshall 1960A cab,it rocked out.And it is very well built,with big steel knobs and easy layout.One thing i found different is that it only has 1 on/off switch.There is no STANDBY switch,just on and just off,it makes abit of a thud when turning off,but i spoke to a couple ppl and they say its allright(maybe cause of low wattage?).The dirty channel is the best ive ever herd,there will be no need for a distortion pedal,it reacts like a high powered tube amp cranked on 11 with that beautiful warmth we all crave,it more like overdrive than distortion but at the same time it has lots of dirt.Listen too (OZZYS,SCREAM CD)...(The clean channel is also very warm and clear (way better than any Marshall clean channel ive ever tryed,thats why i own the Fender Hodrod if you read me)But after all this great news,one must remeber its a 1W amp,its great for practice and recording(also has a headphone/direct record out).So dont show up to band practice with it.If i ever lost it i would buy a couple of them.Its the best amp ive ever played through.The only drawback is that they seem to be a little under represented in Canada were i live(Toronto).But im sure they will grow and you can order online and listen on utube.But its a tube amp (with a 6L6/12ax7 I think ).Its a great price for what you get,Spend your money on equipment that does one thing and one thing well.Then you wont have to buy the same thing again twice.Buy it!

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