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

(based on 39 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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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(6 of 6 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.

(5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

John

By Hoss

from Titusville Fl.

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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

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bang for the buck

By mr skin

from austin tx

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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.......

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Quality 5 Watt Head

By Professor

from OK

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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.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great but not excellent

    By AxisAMS

    from Qc,Canada

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    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...

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a deal!

    By Thrashing Diva

    from Eugene, Oregon

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

    I love this amp! It is perfect for what I wanted and that was a low watt tube amp that sounded huge when cranked and this thing does. It's pretty loud so don't let 5 watts fool you. It's got a really nice clean channel and a wicked dirty channel. You can shape your sound so its' versatile. I play it through an Orange cab with a celestion vintage 30 and it's pure heaven. And to top it all off it has an effects loop! And it has nice looks, and it's lightweight. I honestly can't find one thing wrong with it...I just may buy another one cuz it's such an awesome dealio

    (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!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value!

    By Gary in Detroit

    from Detroit, MI

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

    Although, I am not really fond of the clean channel, the overdrive channel makes up for it.The overdrive channel does anything from light breakup to metal. It's almost impossible to dial in a bad tone. Sounds good at lower volumes as well.FX loop is a plus!I run this head through a 12" Celestion Greenback speaker and play Gibson guitars equipped with p90s.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound for a great price.

    By sevenstring revenge

    from Hopkinsville, KY

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blackstar crafts a winner!

    By ch0

    from Vancouver, BC

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

    I got the HT-5 after owning a small grip of less expensive tube amps - all of which left me wanting in the tone department. This is primarily where the Blackstar comes through big. From Marshally cleans to some Mesa(ish) hard rock tones, this amp delivers.I'm playing my HT-5 through a (1985) Marshall JCM 800 slant 4x12 and the sound is everything I've ever wanted.I know that most of the time people giving 5.0 reviews in every category aren't being truthful with themselves. Typically they're just defending their purchase. In the case of this review I feel the 5.0 is justified.I would have taken away a little for features as I really do miss having reverb built in; however at $299 this amp gives you way more than you're paying for. The build quality is there as all the knobs and switches feel solid and the amp itself has some pretty good weight to it.If I lost this amp I'd buy another in the blink of an eye.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding 5W tube head.

    By bluesrefugee

    from Backwoods of western KY

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

    I bought this a couple of weeks ago looking for a tube head that would sound good at lower volumes. My previous practice amp was a Roland Cube 40x, and I also have a Peavey 5150 I half-stack. Right now I have it running through the 5150 4x12 cabinet, and it sounds GREAT. Huge improvement in tone over the Roland, and sounds much better at lower volume than the 120w 5150, which is too much of a beast for practice!! You can coax a wide variety of sounds from this amp, and the clean channel is very nice with chimey clears. The overdrive channel is pretty versatile, but is a little lacking in gain. For serious metal, shred, or thrash sounds you will want to run a distortion pedal through the clean channel (OD channel breaks up badly when used with distortion fx). A reverb pedal is a must, and a graphic EQ doesn't hurt, either.The only thing that I really miss on this little unit is a footswitch for the effects loop, as well as the channel. Other than that, it's a very solid amp for solo practice.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not an all-tube amp

    By Dead Man

    from São Paulo, Brazil

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

    Blackstar HT-5 is not an all-tube amp, it needs to be clear since no distortion to amp hi-gain with only one valve.But it is an excellent amp for cost x benefit. And connected in a 4x12 cabinet becomes a small giant.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Brings the Brutality

    By RustyMetal

    from Bean town, MA

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

    This amp is great, esp. when paired with the Black Heart 12" eminence cab. If you know your pedals, and pedal board setups, you can get amazingly clear sonic metal crunch. I recommend for the serious recording Gain seekers to keep your amp on clean, Because boosting the OD channel gets ugly fast, I run my pedals like this, Korg Tuner-Distortion, Gain at 6, level at 3-Joe Meek Optical JFET compressor input at 10db Output boost to intensify you distortion Cleanly "not muddy" still brutal-Sonic Maximizer is a good idea after compression-Amp or noise gate is optional if you drive it harder, But not needed, set amp EQ levels at max except Mids at 7, and ISF at 0,-loop reverb or delay. This amp will aggravate you at first, but I figured I would save you a few months of headaches so you get what you want and non of the screaming feedback.

     
    5.0

    Blackstar HT-5H

    By Malice

    from Tennessee

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    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

       
      5.0

      Awesome Little Amp

      By Waffle

      from USA

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      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.

         
        5.0

        Hard Choice...

        By TempleTantrum

        from Berryville, VA

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        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!

         
        5.0

        Killer Little Amp

        By Music_Mike

        from Cleburne, TX

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

        I bought this little amp locally instead of online cause it being new I wanted to try it out... I got the stack version... Let me just say that this little amp rocks!! It can do almost everything from nice smooth cleans through mildly overdriven blues to SRV/rock blues, classic rock, and 80's hard rock... The ISF control knob works kind of like a texture knob to give you either a tighter "American" tone or a bit spongier "British" tone... It has a built in effects loop which is great and an included footswtich to switch from clean to the lead channel... The 110 speaker cabs for this amp are also pretty good... They are loaded with Celestion G10's and they actually sound really nice with this amp... Plus the head comes loaded with ElectroHarmonix tubes, which I like...My only beef with this amp is that I wish they had made the speaker cabs 112 instead of 110 for the extra bass response... But overall this is a killer little amp.. It gets insanely loud for 5 watts and it totally rocks!!!

         
        5.0

        Great Line Out

        By Sunn Kram

        from Colorado

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

        I needed a tube amp with an emulated/recording line out because I play loop-based music where the guitar essentially needs to go straight into the board without a cabinet creating stage noise. I was able to play quite a few at Guitar Center recently but ended up rolling the dice on this one based on great online reviews and it being less than half the price of everthing else I was looking at. I have thus far (1 rehearsal, 1 gig) been thrilled with it. My chain at this point goes: Ibanez semi-hollow> Blackstar input> Emulated line out> Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Overdrive> Electro Harmonix POD> Delay> Tuner> Loop Station> Board. Even running through the amp before your effects chain (I must for acoustic / electric switching) sounds awesome. I agree with previous reviewers that the clean channel is really the star on this amp as the overdrive does muddy up when pushed hard. However using the clean as a base ingredient for your tone works great. Its thick, punchy, responsive and crystal clear. Just put your favorite overdrive pedal (that you probably already own) into the chain and you're all set. No input on cabinet pairings as I have not plugged it into one and may never. Bottom Line: The price is crazy low for the tone you get here (just look at the <$500 competition, there is none). Even if you just want a good looking living room / headphone amp, it can't be beat, go for it.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Are You Kidding?!

        By Vibecaster

        from K-Town, TN

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

        You got to be kidding! An amp this good for this price! Yes it's true, it really is. I was blown away from the minute I took it out of the box. Great looking design, quality build, great range of tones. Nothing even comes close in this price range and several leveles above it for that matter. Wish it had reverb-my only gripe. This may be the deal of the century as far as amps are concerned. If you want it, don't think twice--get it now!

         
        5.0

        Try it if you can and love it later!

        By LittleHeadBigTONE

        from Mcminnville OR

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

        When I saw this amp at the local GC I assumed it would be way over my budget. At the time there was no price on it. I came back again and saw the head and two cabs for 500 dollars. I plugged into it and was floored. It actually sounded really good. I tried it at a gig and it had plenty of volume especially if you crank it. The distortion is very warm clear and heavy sounding if you want it to be. The clean channel could be more vibey but it is well worth the money. The build quality is amazing and although made in korea I found no problems with it. It has out for several cabinet configurations and is really a cool little rig. I would highly recommend this as a studio or bedroom shredder amp though it has plenty of volume.

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