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Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head   (Used)

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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-1RH guitar amp head 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.


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

A great amp for the studio or for bedroom jamming. Order yours now!

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Did not like it

By Dave

from South Carolina

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    • Poor Sound Quality

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      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I didn't like the tone that much. My biggest problem with the amp was using head phones. The reason I bought it was to use at home instead of my Mesa head so I could play and not bother my family members. THe head phone jack had a constant hiss or hum, can't remember, I ended up returning it.

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


      My favorite amp ever

      By Dean Jones

      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This is by far my favorite amp. I have it connected to a Blackstar HTV-212 cab and it absolutely screams and sounds beautiful. With this cab, at home, I typically keep the volume at around 1/4 and the Gain around 1/2 and get a nice clean sound. Take the Gain past the 1/2 way point and it starts to break up a tad. Crank the Gain all the way up and you have some absolutely beautiful sounding breakup. I personally like this better than the overdrive channel and I do not really use the overdrive channel. Taking the volume up past 1/2 makes my ears bleed in my home office. It's astonishing how loud it is while driving 2x12 and just 1 watt!

      Originally, I purchased the HT-408 cab (4x8) and was just not very impressed at all. I could crank the volume on the amp and it just didn't get as loud as I wanted at a fully cranked level. The HT-408 sounded good, but just wasn't full or loud enough. So, I returned that cab and bought the HTV-212 and was just amazed at the difference. I would highly recommend at least putting this head to a 1x10 if not a 1x12 to get the best sound. It even sounds great connected to a 4x12!
      I'm giving an 8 here. I personally love the limited feature set for a home/practice amp. The tone knob is fine. I keep it in the middle myself... What I REALLY wanted out of this is a footswitch to get between the clean and overdrive channels. I keep it on the clean channel and run an overdrive pedal for some nice high gain tones. Sometimes I will just crank the gain on the amp on the clean channel and it just sounds amazing, even at 1/4-1/2 volume.
      Top notch. Beautifully made. Everything feels solid.
      Could be cheaper... for a 1w with limited features, I'd expect it to be about 25% cheaper.

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      (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)



      By Joseph Immesberger

      from east coast

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I sent it back, toooo noisy at idle with nothing plugged in. To bad because it had a nice warm sound for something that is basically digital. I know it got tubes or tube but it's a hybrid amp' which to me is cool. I think it's the best of both worlds.

      Maybe I just got a dud, the older ones without the reverb are suppost to be quiet.

      I've also read it's a pain to change tube/s. That I don't like.

      I think this is a good value if you can find a quiet one or don't mind some hum. It's cheaper than alot of pedals, as a matter of fact it kind of reminded me more of a pedal than an amp.
      1 watt, reverb, tone shaper, line out, ext speaker, headphone,nice appearance, basic stuff.
      Seemed well built.
      Good value, cheaper than some pedals.

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      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


      A trendsetter

      By VikingBlood

      from New England

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      The first usable guitar amps appeared in the early 1930s. Now, after 80 years of using them, people are beginning to realize that the most useful guitar amp is one you can actually play through in the situation EVERYONE plays in most - in your living room / bedroom / hotel room etc. But that sounds like that 50-watt Marshall or 80-watt Twin Reverb onstage. So you don't have to change your style if you want to practice. The Blackstar 1-watt head with reverb is the first amp to really pull it together for this purpose and I gather it's selling extremely well. Any other manufacturers care to take notice? There's only a huge market here waiting to be tapped.
      Herewith, a quick review of the essentials and what it could do still better. (1) The amp has an "EQ" knob that takes you from a mid-60s Fender sound on the left to a late-60s Marshall sound on the right. The Fender sound is surprisingly convincing but too thin in the upper midrange - which needs to be beefed up. (2) The amp makes a farting noise whenever it is switched off. The addition of a circuit costing only a few dollars would fix this. This amp should be aimed at pros as well as kids starting out. Everyone needs something like this. (3) The Blackstar EH-1 head is better than the EH-1 combo, which has an inadequate 8-inch speaker. All amps need a 10-inch speaker to come alive - or a 12 or 15, if you prefer the sound of them. (4) At 1 watt, the EH-1 is STILL TOO LOUD for the living room - at least if you want that bit of bluesy distortion, or more. Some people are claiming it lacks "clean headroom", but this is a myth - it has plenty of clean headroom. Any company thinking of making one of these should reduce the power output to 1/2 watt or maybe 1/4 watt. Will Blackstar again get there first? In the meantime, this is the only major production amp of its kind. The revolution of micro-powered amps is beginning.

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      (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Low-Wattage Home/Studio Amp Head

      By aj-jTDCy

      from Hometown of W.C. Handy - the "Father of the Blues"

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I like the HT-1 head. Like stated earlier, when paired with the components of your choice in the front, it has a very decent-sounding clean channel to make what you feed it sound just as good. Just remember the old caveat, GIGO, and you will do fine if you're wanting to jam live in your bedroom, studio, or the basement with your buddies. The amp is loud for what you expect for a 1-watt rating. Actually, I prefer two of these in my den, with the previously-mentioned Ampeg cabinets, or a couple of Bogner Alchemist 2 x 12 cabinets, when playing or recording that I do the pair of Blackstar HT-5 5-watt heads I also have. You can achieve a nice clean sound for your pedals out of either, but you can overdrive the power amp section before you overdrive your neighbors like you do with the 5-watt versions. If I had to let a pair go, it would be the HT-5's, so the HT-1's are a keeper in my book. They fall short in a few areas, but for what's out there right now, they rank pretty high on the desirability scale for this specific application. When, oh when, will someone realize, and offer to fill, the need for a fully-featured, fractional-watt, tube amp head/combo. Series and parallel effects loops, 0.1- to 5-watt power rating, 3-4 channels, full tone controls for each channel, separate power settings on each channel, MIDI, and all the other features of a quality amp head or combo. Throw everything in there, but let me blast the thing in my den with that creamy overdriven sound you only get when you fully saturate the preamp and power amp sections, at a level I, and everyone else in and around the house, can easily endure. Make it. I don't really care what it costs, within reason, or who makes it, as long as it doesn't leave me wanting for features I need to do it my way. I'll pay for it - gladly. I'll get four of them for my home studio and divest myself of at least 12 short stacks, half stacks, combos, and various heads. Keep the powerful pieces for when power is needed, which is out of the house and home studio. Fill the same needs you'd need in larger venues, in my home studio. I will be a happy man - forever and a day. Surely someone sees the need; it's always been there. I've been a proponent for low-wattage tube amps forever, for this very reason. It's about time someone fills that need. Blackstar is halfway there. Build what everyone wants, whether they realize it or not. Once it's out there, people will get a taste and have to satisfy it. Whoever steps up to the plate will be the winner for their whole line of products. Anyone listening? Please? I've been waiting 40 years, and things are starting to come around to what guitarist need for home playing. Let's get this job finished while I'm still playing. Blackstar: you're fairly new in the arena of amp makers, while you bring tons of experience to the plate from former affiliations, so why not take that knowledge of the needs of a top-of-the-line amp and disseminate those features all the way down through your line of products. Damn the torpedoes and the costs. Give us what we need, and we'll come running to your corner. Like I said, you are halfway there at the bottom, and right up there at the top. Make a fully-loaded fractional-wattage amp for guys and girls to dime the controls across the board and add all the benefits of all the features found in the flagship models. Extend the features of your top series all the way down through the fractional-wattage units, and people will buy it. Low-wattage players need a flagship too.
      Features are a little light on this amp head. It really isn't much more than Blackstar's similarly-designed pedal with the addition of reverb - a nice touch, but don't let the digital-stereo reverb addition get you all excited, as it did me, because the reverb, as nice as it sounds, is not up to par for a "reverb" you would expect to be getting on an amp head. It is weak and sounds as if it barely gets to 4 on a regular reverb. No effects loop. External input for MP3 player, etc., is a 1/4" jack, not the 1/8" TRS you would expect. Yes, adapters are made, but the average person is going to plug in an MP3 player, CD player, notebook, etc., and the 1/8" would of made a lot more sense. Only one speaker out jack that is a 4 - 16 Ohm jack. No mention of an impedance-sensing feature, just implied. Two jacks would of been appreciated, as well as different jacks in a setup similar to the HT-5 head, of which I own 2 of those as well, the earlier ones without the reverb. Nice, but I like the sound of a pair of these, front-ended with pedals/floorboards of choice, into a pair of nice cabs. I have them paired with the new Ampeg 1 x 12 Celestion Vintage 30 speaker cabs, driven in stereo with a Boss ME-70 floorboard fed with a TS9 and Crybaby 535Q - sweet sounds await you when plugging into this setup with a nice clean sound dialed on the HT-1. Overdrive channel is a little noisy, but usable for limited overdrive sounds of usable quality. Noise gate/compressor should be first in your line of fire to feed this capable mini-head's second channel.
      Blackstar is putting out some quality amps and heads. Cabinets, unless you pop for the top-of-the-line models are less than stellar in construction and speaker selection. Celestion 70/80's seem to have a love/hate relationship with a lot of guitarists. I'll pass on them for what sounds I like to chase. MDF cabinets will never hold up to their multi-ply plywood counterparts. However, the heads are beautiful, both in appearance and build quality. Just a bunch of Marshall guys doing it on their own terms. Good for them, and us. Mostly.
      When you consider you're getting a head with a power amp section; even if it is low wattage, for the price of a good pedal, you can't complain. However, 2 1/2 Franklins gives a fellow a few other options. Make sure this is what you want, and play through one if you can before purchasing. Of course, you can always take advantage of the return policy, if you don't mind paying the return shipping. Decent value overall.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      A little monster!!!

      By Mandoman-3LWRF

      from sunny Arizona

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1RH 1W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I use this amp as a bedroom practice amp and it sounds great! I don't use the overdrive channel much and it is a little hissy but the clean channel is terrific. The clean channel spans the range from clean, (DUH!) to quite a bit of crunch, particularly with humbuckers. The ISF control seems to me to be just a tone control but I do use it with noticeable effect. I also like the reverb, think it sounds nice, and is another feature not usually found on a small amp. I have also used the headphone jack and, again, found that it is voiced pretty well. I have the head and use it with some small speaker cabinets I have built. As you can tell I am quite impressed with this amp.
      It has a lot of features for such a small amp
      I have had no problems so far in the 2 months that I have had it.
      I thought it was pricey at first but now that I know how good it sounds I think it is a pretty good deal!

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