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Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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    The fantastic tonal control of Blackstar HT pedals in a 5W amp head—it's got the sound you're looking for.

    The Blackstar HT-5H tube guitar amp is ideal for studio work or practice, packing all the great tone and innovative features of the award-winning HT tube pedals into a 2-channel, footswitchable tube amp format. The Blackstar amp head's patent-applied-for ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes your tone from the USA to the UK and anywhere in-between. So now you can effectively design your own tone and finally find "that sound in your head."

    Ideal for home and studio use, the Blackstar HT-5H tube amplifier head sounds full and toneful even at the lowest volume level thanks to a brand-new tube power amplifier topology designed by Blackstar engineers. The power amp is a low-powered, push-pull design which produces the crunch and breakup characteristics of a traditional 100W output stage but at a much lower volume.

    The Blackstar HT-5H also has a speaker-emulated output, further enhancing its studio credentials and allowing any guitarist to get amazing tube tone straight to tape or disk, or through headphones. It also features the unique 4x12/1x12 voicing switch, allowing you to change the tonal characteristics of the emulated signal between 2 emulated cabinet types.

    Add to this an effects loop with switchable level along with 16-ohm and 8-ohm speaker outputs allowing you to run the amp into an external speaker cabinet of your choice, and you have everything you need for recording or practicing.

    Features
    • Innovative 5-watt valve combo
    • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7
    • Unique push/pull power amp design
    • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
    • Two footswitchable channels
    • Enhanced tone controls
    • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
    • Fully equipped for studio or practice
    • Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
    • Effects loop with effects level switch
    • Footswitch included
    • Cool vintage styling

    Add the HT-5H head to the cart and hear what a difference ISF makes.

     
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    BlackstarHT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Portable (4)
    • Warm / comfy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (6)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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        • Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice 5 Watt Head

      Overall, I am very impressed with Blackstar so far. This amp has exceeded my expectations. I have had a lot of amps, from Fenders to Mesa Dual Recs, and this amp sounds...Read complete review

      Overall, I am very impressed with Blackstar so far. This amp has exceeded my expectations. I have had a lot of amps, from Fenders to Mesa Dual Recs, and this amp sounds great. As others have said, the clean channel is a little flat, but can be fixed very easily with a little EQ and reverb in the effects loop. Currently I am runnig a 2x12 GT celestions at 16 ohms. I was also surprised at how much volume you can get out of the clean channel. No, it is not be enough to get sparkling cleans with a full band, but this only a 5 watt head. I run a tubscreamer on the clean channel with a Telecaster and the thing rips VERY nicely. Sounds like a tube amp should. Where this thing shines is on the distortion channel. Tone is a personal thing, but this amp for me, sounds really impressive. I cant say that this amp sounds exactly like my old Dual Rectifier, but it surely reminds me of it. Smooth, clear, thick, high gain distortions are very possible. The ISF knob definetely makes a variety of tones possible. With dual humbuckers and a Les Paul, I can get a great brown sound. Also, SLO100, and British Rock are pretty much dead on too. The best part is, the amp doesnt sound fake. It has a true tube gritty but smooth and clear distortion. The distortion channel has a considerable amount of headroom too. Very useable. Remember, this is a cheap 5 watt head, so expectations have to be realistic, but this is the best amp for the money I have played for my likes in a LONG time. I was hesitant about Blackstar at first, but I am a true fan now and think my next amp will be the 100 6L6. Well done Blackstar.
      For the money this amp has a lot of nice features. Pretty basic 3 band EQ with the ISF shaping knob. Nice that is is footswitchable 2 channel and an effects loop with switchable level. This amp comes stock with good tubes, NOT CHINESE! Who else does that for this kind of scratch? Based on what else is out there at this pricepoint, it deserves a 9 for features...
      Seems to be great. Havent had it for that long but nothing cheap feeling about it at all. I can say that the 12AX7 was blown out of the box. Box had never been opened. I replaced it with a new JJ that I had and no problems since. As a side note, I emailed Blackstar about it, and they responded from across the pond in about 15 minutes. They said they had a small batch of "dodgey" tubes from the manufacturer. I am assuming that was one of mine. No worries. Very friendly guy.
      I dont think you can do musch better for the money considering it is tube power and preamp.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great but not excellent

      I've tested this amp with a modified Fender FatStrat (HSS) and a MusicMan Axis with a Carvin Legacy 4x12" (V30, closed back) and a Mesa Boogie 2x12" (V30,...Read complete review

      I've tested this amp with a modified Fender FatStrat (HSS) and a MusicMan Axis with a Carvin Legacy 4x12" (V30, closed back) and a Mesa Boogie 2x12" (V30, closed back). I'm pretty impressed but I think that the amp is too much on the "bright" side. It lacks depth (Bass, low mids). The clean is great, the overdrive is really great and pretty versatile. It sounds better with the 2x12" Mesa Boogie (less highs and more Oomph/bass). For the price/quality ratio and the portability I would recommend it, but try other small heads before buying. Just in case...

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      5.0

      Blackstar HT-5H

      By Malice

      from Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I use the HT-5H with 2x Blackstar Celestion 10" Speaker Cabinets

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        5.0

        Awesome Little Amp

        By Waffle

        from ND

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          If you're looking for a nice low watt amp, this is the one. For the price you can't go wrong. Emulated out is a cool feature for home use. I was able to get some great sounding tones out of it. It is just fun to use.

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          5.0

          Hard Choice...

          By TempleTantrum

          from Berryville, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Clean Looks
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Isf Functions As Expected
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Solid construction

          Cons

          • Build-in Dist Boost
          • How About A 10w Version
          • No reverb

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Can Be Gigged Wgood Pa
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Had the original combo w/10" cab years ago at a church service, but the drummer blew me away and no monitors were used.

          Sold for Peavey 112 ValveKing, but back injury cost me all heavy equipment. I just got another Blackstar and am using Kustom 12" cab. Seems louder than before and is perfect for my needs. OD-1 works for clean channel, but not for channel 2. Better to just get clean boost for ch 2 lead boost.

          Using Desolation FR-1 w/active pups and I haven't gone past one quarter power yet at home. This one ain't getting away!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sound for a great price.

          By sevenstring revenge

          from Hopkinsville, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I bought this amp because a video on YouTube, HT-5 Metal. I have been playing for over 20 years and this things sounds great for the price. I though 5 watts was not enough power, but this bad boy is louder than you would think.

          It has great sound quality, tone and gain. I play a lot of metal on a seven string and found that it can be a bit heavy on the bottom end. I recommend keeping the bass low, like under 9 o'clock or so.

          Otherwise, if you your are looking for a small amp to practice with or record at home on a low budget, this should do the trick.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality 5 Watt Head

          By Professor

          from OK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I've been playing the HT-5H for about 10 months now through a Marshall 1960A for practice/jamming at home. It has no problems driving the 4x12, but does seem to have a little too much bass on this setup. It has good breakup with the volume cranked past noon. I haven't noticed much difference with the ISF control, and I wish the EQ controls were for both channels. Having an effects loop is definitely a bonus.

            Overall I've been happy with this little guy. For the price it's very hard to beat.

            This is a 5 watt head, not a 100 watt barn burner. If you buy this expecting a 5 watt unit, you will likely be pleasantly surprised.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great but not excellent

            By AxisAMS

            from Qc,Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great sound
            • Isf Knob
            • Portable
            • Price
            • Versatile For The Price

            Cons

            • Hard To Use Od Pedals
            • Lacks Depth And Bass
            • Limited Functions
            • No reverb
            • Too Bright Sounding
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Practice

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I've tested this amp with a modified Fender FatStrat (HSS) and a MusicMan Axis with a Carvin Legacy 4x12" (V30, closed back) and a Mesa Boogie 2x12" (V30, closed back). I'm pretty impressed but I think that the amp is too much on the "bright" side. It lacks depth (Bass, low mids). The clean is great, the overdrive is really great and pretty versatile. It sounds better with the 2x12" Mesa Boogie (less highs and more Oomph/bass). For the price/quality ratio and the portability I would recommend it, but try other small heads before buying. Just in case...

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            John

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I have been playing guitar for over 58 years and have had 23 different amps and this one was not worth the effort.
            Tried this amp on 3 different cabinets with different speaker combinations and could not get a real good sound out of it. It sounded artificial. Could have bad tubes .sent it back. I have a 3-5 watt Blackheart amp that covers this amp up at half the price.
            Seems to be built solid
            For the way It sounded it was a bad value

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice 5 Watt Head

            By RJ12

            from Southeast

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Overall, I am very impressed with Blackstar so far. This amp has exceeded my expectations. I have had a lot of amps, from Fenders to Mesa Dual Recs, and this amp sounds great. As others have said, the clean channel is a little flat, but can be fixed very easily with a little EQ and reverb in the effects loop. Currently I am runnig a 2x12 GT celestions at 16 ohms. I was also surprised at how much volume you can get out of the clean channel. No, it is not be enough to get sparkling cleans with a full band, but this only a 5 watt head. I run a tubscreamer on the clean channel with a Telecaster and the thing rips VERY nicely. Sounds like a tube amp should. Where this thing shines is on the distortion channel. Tone is a personal thing, but this amp for me, sounds really impressive. I cant say that this amp sounds exactly like my old Dual Rectifier, but it surely reminds me of it. Smooth, clear, thick, high gain distortions are very possible. The ISF knob definetely makes a variety of tones possible. With dual humbuckers and a Les Paul, I can get a great brown sound. Also, SLO100, and British Rock are pretty much dead on too. The best part is, the amp doesnt sound fake. It has a true tube gritty but smooth and clear distortion. The distortion channel has a considerable amount of headroom too. Very useable. Remember, this is a cheap 5 watt head, so expectations have to be realistic, but this is the best amp for the money I have played for my likes in a LONG time. I was hesitant about Blackstar at first, but I am a true fan now and think my next amp will be the 100 6L6. Well done Blackstar.
            For the money this amp has a lot of nice features. Pretty basic 3 band EQ with the ISF shaping knob. Nice that is is footswitchable 2 channel and an effects loop with switchable level. This amp comes stock with good tubes, NOT CHINESE! Who else does that for this kind of scratch? Based on what else is out there at this pricepoint, it deserves a 9 for features...
            Seems to be great. Havent had it for that long but nothing cheap feeling about it at all. I can say that the 12AX7 was blown out of the box. Box had never been opened. I replaced it with a new JJ that I had and no problems since. As a side note, I emailed Blackstar about it, and they responded from across the pond in about 15 minutes. They said they had a small batch of "dodgey" tubes from the manufacturer. I am assuming that was one of mine. No worries. Very friendly guy.
            I dont think you can do musch better for the money considering it is tube power and preamp.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            best bang for the buck

            By mr skin

            from austin tx

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            There's a lot of amps out there but few that sound like a 100 watt marshall without the overwhelming volume level. If you add an effects loop and an emulated recording output there's even less competition. I've played through marshalls for the last decade or so and I've never found an amp that comes close to the low end growl and the gain structure as this little 5 watter. That's why I say this is the best buy in it's price range and maybe even twice it's cost.It seems to be holding a strong resale value as well. Get one.......

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Little monstrous beast!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5H 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Tried all the little ones and this one blows them all away! Preamp and sonic maximizer in the effects loop with a delay, and omygod. Really shines with a 412 cab. I love it. Highly recommend. And it comes with a footswitch. WOW!

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