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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
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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100%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (8)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (4)
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      • Experienced (8)

    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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    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet little Amp!

      By Firewolf7

      from Mississippi

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Size
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Cosmetics
      • Great Tones Clean And Od
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        Bought this little jewel to accompany my new American Special Strat HSS. I work away from home and stay in hotels alot so dragging around my Kustom Coupe '72 is out of the question. My ears are however spoiled by the beautiful, rich tones that emmanate from the Kustom. Read reviews and tech reports about dozens of small, low output amps before deciding on the Blackstar. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot from a 1 watt amp with an eight inch speaker so I got very pleasantly surprised when my amp was delivered and I plugged in. At first I was dissappointed with the clean tone until I got the gain and volume tweaked just right, now...creamy sweet! Overdrive on this little rascal kicks --- with that Strat. At first the speaker sounded a little rough but after about 20 playing hours everything is now rich, smooth and creamy. Will probably purchase the 5w head with reverb next. This little 1w amp has made me a firm believer in Blackstar amps. Get one!!! Also, I purchased from MF a set of Sennheiser 380 pro headphones to run off of this amp when I'm playing late at night...Tonal Bliss!!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        updated review - one year later

        By stompk

        from colorado

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • 8

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        I've had this amp for a while now, maybe a year . . and it's a great little practice amp. that's how I look at it. a bedroom practice amp. it does terrific emulated output for recording, and I've done that too, but again, bedroom performances. On a whim a few months ago I plugged it into a 412 cabinet and you know, I was surprised at how loud it was, but it brings me back to the first checkbox on here that I didn't check. "warmth". it's not a warm amp, but it sounds fantastic and hey, it's an 8" speaker and one watt.

        I'm not here for that though. I'm here for this. today I plugged it into the on-board speaker in my Fender VM combo amp's 12" semi-enclosed speaker.
        WOW! now THAT's what I am looking for. it was SURPRISINGLY loud. like in "crud, the neighbors!" loud. for one freaking watt? wow. and there was the warmth I was missing. TONS of bass response. it's night and day. if you demo one of these thinking about buying it, plug in a 112 cab before you decide. in a pinch, it really opens up a lot of options. I considered trading it for an HT-1 head, but you know, the combo is handy to carry and portable and convenient. and I like the idea of saving the 112 cab for "special" occasions. now I have options. who would think that a 1w combo amp would be so versatile ?

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        5.0

        A little giant

        By xxxxx

        from Phoenix

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Hissing

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        This little fireball delivers more substance at 1w than my 5w amps. The dirty channel has a raw edge which makes for some crunchy and thick tones. The clean is also full of character. It's a very responsive amp which exposes your weaknesses but that just comes with the territory as you just can't make an amp come alive otherwise. And I can take it anywhere in my house, crank it and no problems with neighbors/family. There are some downsides... it's a little noisy at high gain which I can live with but could probably be reduced with higher end tubes. Also, it's a bit boxy - it should have been left open back IMO. This amp handles all my styles (mostly metal and classic rock). My real score is a 4.5 because there is some room for improvement but I'm happy to add this one to my collection.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Restock works great

        By SkunkApe

        from MN

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

          I bought a restock model and it's in great condition. This amp is perfect for use in the living room. It's not super loud, but it's as loud as you'll ever need it in the house.

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great Little Practice Amp!

          By Sputnik1138

          from Quincy, MA

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Affordable quality low watt tube amp

            By Saturn

            from Lexington, Ky

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp with Excellent Tone

              By Spike

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Little Amp

                By Spoonbender

                from Charlotte NC

                About Me Experienced

                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!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I Found My Studio Amp!

                    By Stratcat From Rescue

                    from Rescue, Ca.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Dial In Eq
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • Reverb

                    Cons

                    • Mediocre Crunch Tone

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Practicing

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

                    I needed a small tube amp that I could put in my small 1 room home studio. I have a Blues Junior and while it's a sweet amp I don't have the luxury of putting it in a separate room for mic recording. It's just too noisy to record with otherwise. The first thing I did with this little guy when I got it was put it through it's paces cranked up with my Strat plugged directly into it. It sounded very good at the clean EQ setting, warm and clear at the neck and middle pickup positions and sparkling at the bridge. The other settings however (American Crunch, British Crunch and Overdrive) were just OK. Next I plugged in through my extensive pedal board setup. The results were much better at the crunch and overdrive settings, Blues Junior flavors to Marshall heaviness. My favorite setting is definitely the British crunch spot. Yum! Next, I tried micing for recording. Too noisy even with just the 1 watt. Now the true test, direct recording from the speaker emulation output. It works! Fabulous clean and driven tones. Devastating crunch. And all of it quiet for recording. Just what I was after. Let me emphasize however that without an effects setup before it the overdrive and crunch tones on this amp are rather ordinary.

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