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Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Overview

  • Innovative 5 watt tube combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
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Great for practicing at home or laying down tracks in the studio.

The HT-5R guitar combo amp takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. Boasting two channels, an ECC83 preamp tube, a 12BH7 power tube, and the award-winning preamp from the HT Pedal series, the HT-5R is perfect for any situation requiring raw tube tone.

The HT-5R guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel, a custom designed 12" speaker, and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.

Features

  • Innovative 5 watt tube combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 12" Blackbird 50 custom-designed speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Digital Stereo Reverb
  • Fully equipped for studio or practice
  • Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included

Compact, affordable, and dripping with sweet tube tone. Order yours today!

 
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BlackstarHT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A practice amp that will surprise you!

    I was really torn between choosing the HT-5R and the Hughes & Kettner 5W combo, finally settling with the Blackstar because MF had some restocks that were a great price. Unfortunately,...Read complete review

    I was really torn between choosing the HT-5R and the Hughes & Kettner 5W combo, finally settling with the Blackstar because MF had some restocks that were a great price. Unfortunately, when the Blackstar arrived, I found out my "restock" item had a faulty overdrive tube, and no matter what I did to it, I just couldn't get it sorted. I made the dreaded call to MF, but the CS rep immediately generated a replacement order and shipped out another amp express ground for my trouble.

    Needless to say I was VERY PLEASED when the replacement arrived three days later. The 5R has a warm natural sound on the clean channel, and really crunchy overdrive. The 12" Celestion speaker provides more than enough volume for practicing at home or just jamming with some friends. The included footswitch was an added value bonus with the 5R, but it wouldn't engage the OD channel unless the OD button was depressed on the control panel on the top of the amp. After reading through the handbook I found that little tidbit of information. I thought it was strange at first, but it works just as the handbook says it should. Depress the OD button on the top of the amp first, then plug in your footswitch, and switch back and forth between clean and OD all night long.

    I've never played through any professional gear, but this is the loudest amp I've ever used. It's surprisingly loud for a small combo and sounds especially good for the great "restock" price I paid.

    Kudos to Blackstar for offering such a cool-looking, sturdily built, quality amp, and kudos to Musicians Friend for solving an issue and pleasing a customer.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ok, but overpriced for the tone

    I honestly don't understand the glowing reviews for this amp. It hides your guitars tone. I tried it with a Strat, LP with P90s and LP with humbuckers. Sure, you can get...Read complete review

    I honestly don't understand the glowing reviews for this amp. It hides your guitars tone. I tried it with a Strat, LP with P90s and LP with humbuckers. Sure, you can get an overdriven tone, but you lose your guitars tone, pick dynamics, etc. even after swapping in a 5751 for the 12ax7, you get fizzy sound.

    My main amp is a Mesa Boogie LSS. i collect tube based practice amps. I have a Jet City Picovalve, Kustom Defender 15h, Vox Lil Night Train as well. They all have different sounds for different purposes, but the Blackstar is the only one I really have no use for. Throw a 5751 in the Lil Night Train, and although it only has one channel, you can dial in tones that rival my Mesa. The Jet City allows you to swap in any tubes without biasing, the Kustom is super clean. You can do better than this.

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    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Keep looking!

    By All Night jammer!

    from Every where

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Cheap Hollow Sound
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Limited

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    very limited uses, has a hollow sound, more of a fuzz box built around a small enclosure, better amps out there for the same money, overpriced to say the least.

    Comment on this review

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A practice amp that will surprise you!

    By ColsTiger

    from Columbus, GA

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Looking
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Reasonably Priced

    Cons

    • Restocks Can Be Iffy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Small venues

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I was really torn between choosing the HT-5R and the Hughes & Kettner 5W combo, finally settling with the Blackstar because MF had some restocks that were a great price. Unfortunately, when the Blackstar arrived, I found out my "restock" item had a faulty overdrive tube, and no matter what I did to it, I just couldn't get it sorted. I made the dreaded call to MF, but the CS rep immediately generated a replacement order and shipped out another amp express ground for my trouble.

    Needless to say I was VERY PLEASED when the replacement arrived three days later. The 5R has a warm natural sound on the clean channel, and really crunchy overdrive. The 12" Celestion speaker provides more than enough volume for practicing at home or just jamming with some friends. The included footswitch was an added value bonus with the 5R, but it wouldn't engage the OD channel unless the OD button was depressed on the control panel on the top of the amp. After reading through the handbook I found that little tidbit of information. I thought it was strange at first, but it works just as the handbook says it should. Depress the OD button on the top of the amp first, then plug in your footswitch, and switch back and forth between clean and OD all night long.

    I've never played through any professional gear, but this is the loudest amp I've ever used. It's surprisingly loud for a small combo and sounds especially good for the great "restock" price I paid.

    Kudos to Blackstar for offering such a cool-looking, sturdily built, quality amp, and kudos to Musicians Friend for solving an issue and pleasing a customer.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Sounds Great, IF.....

    By Travisty7

    from Phila. area

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I recently bought a Fender Blues Jr NOS and was quite happy, good natural clean and grind. Takes both pedals and my X3 Live outboard gear very well, but I was hoping for an amp that had the clean and the hard rock tones without needing to schlep a distortion pedal or my X3 Live.
        I bought an HT-5R used at MF's sister company hoping it would meet my needs. First, the HT-5R can be very loud. It also has a decent clean, pure for my EMG 60 and a nice blues edge with my EMG 85. The test of any amp is how it handles the hard rock or metal tones tho and the HT-5R falls sort of short... until you add the required Decimator G String Noise Reduction and BBE Sonic Max thru the effects loop. Those two outboards save this amp without running pedalboard effects.
        Just know, the BBE and G String are not needed nor are they compatible with the X3 Live, the thing buzzes like crazy when I run the X3L thru it with the BBE and G String. The X3 Live sounds great without them tho. I don't have any other modeling/multi-effects systems so I do not know if the Boss ME-70 or similar items are compatible with the BBE or Decimator thru the HT-5R effects loop.
        I also tried hooking up my Haze 112 straight cab as an external along with the internal speaker, sounds very fine. These two brands of speakers probably play better together than the two companies.
        Bottom line... I can run this amp without a distortion pedal on the clean channel unless I want crunch (I do). The OD channel doesn't need a distortion pedal but only sounds real when I use BBE and Decimator. I can also use the X3 Live. Both setups can produce awesome results. By itself? Not so much... but I'm still keeping mine for grab and go and gigs with small stages, but I'm keeping my Fender Blues Jr NOS too for when I'm willing to bring my pedal board or X3 Live along.

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        (6 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Ok, but overpriced for the tone

        By RBinNH

        from NH

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        Pros

        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I honestly don't understand the glowing reviews for this amp. It hides your guitars tone. I tried it with a Strat, LP with P90s and LP with humbuckers. Sure, you can get an overdriven tone, but you lose your guitars tone, pick dynamics, etc. even after swapping in a 5751 for the 12ax7, you get fizzy sound.

          My main amp is a Mesa Boogie LSS. i collect tube based practice amps. I have a Jet City Picovalve, Kustom Defender 15h, Vox Lil Night Train as well. They all have different sounds for different purposes, but the Blackstar is the only one I really have no use for. Throw a 5751 in the Lil Night Train, and although it only has one channel, you can dial in tones that rival my Mesa. The Jet City allows you to swap in any tubes without biasing, the Kustom is super clean. You can do better than this.

          Comment on this review

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Amp !

          By A Mac

          from Undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              After messing around with all the modeling amps and not being satisfied I finally decided to buy this amp. It is everything I want in an amp and perfect for what I do. It's a straight forward rock to metal machine. I'm so happy with this amp I can't stop playing it. If you're a rock or metal player you'll be very pleased with this amp. Highly recommend.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              All I can say is wow!

              By Akronman66

              from Akron, New York

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've been playing for a few years and always played a solid-state amp, but I decided to give tube amp a try.

                All I can say is get this you won't regret it, perfect for bedroom or even for recording awesome awesome tone!

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Simply amazing

                By Scott SS

                from Florida

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Best Bang For You Buck
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Top Facing Controls

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                Cant beat this for the price or for any price.Sounds as good as any amp Ive ever heard.Dont pass it up.Or just buy the mini stack since its not much more expensive.Im gonna get the mini stack too so I have one for the living room and one for the bedroom.At these prices why not?

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                (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love it!

                By Joey

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Non

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                All I can say is - I love it!

                Comment on this review

                (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Value For Practice Amp

                By BlackstarFan

                from Virginia Beach, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Build Quality
                • Cabinet Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Effects loop
                • Good Warmth
                • Headphone Output
                • Portable
                • Price

                Cons

                • Speaker Is Just Ok

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Practice
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've owned a JCM800 50w 4212 Combo, Vox Pathfinder 15R, Blackstar HT40 Club Combo, and this amp is my hands down favorite. Here's why: I live in an apt and the volume is very reasonable for any apartment sized space, though it will get loud if you crank it.

                The tone is saturated and full sounding even at low volume levels and all the tone knobs are useful throughout their range especially with the ISF feature, I use it a lot to really dial in the tone I want.

                The gain knob is very useful and goes from light crunch to full distortion an even when cranked doesn't have a cheesy sound like some practice amps do at high gain levels. This amp suits a variety of styles but I like it most for straight ahead balls to the wall rock n roll. But it would be very well suited for blues or just general practice for a music student. If that's what you want at this price range, look no further.

                I play mostly hard rock and I think the OD channel sounds very lush and powerful for an amp of only 5 watts. The bass is very good for something this size and price range. No tinny or thin sound here. You'd be surprised.

                As for the clean channel, I personally like it a lot. It gets dirtier in a very linear fashion and at about 2 o'clock (with an Epi LP Standard) on the volume knob it starts to break up very nicely.
                Anything past that I can send a hot signal through my pedals, which I like a lot. Clean channel is simple with one tone knob; No funny business here. It does what I ask it to. If you want shimmery country cleans though, this is probably not the right amp.

                The amp looks smart and the build quality is high.

                My model is the HT5C *without* reverb. So I can't comment on that feature for this amp.

                The tubes. Ah the tubes. Two little guys, a 12ax7/ECC83 & a 12BH7. Research and you'll find these to be less expensive to replace than the El34 power tubes that some competitors use for their practice amps. In my opinion the pair picked by Blackstar for this application saturate better and sound way more full than the El34 equipped Orange Tiny Terror for example.

                The features list is extensive and I think very impressive for this price range. Do some quick research and I think you'll agree. I checked out the Marshall Class 5 (didn't like the sound), Orange Tiny Terror (not enough features and too expensive), Vox AC15 (the tone just isn't my style. It's very nice, just not for me) and the Fender Blues Jr. (not enough of a hard rock amp for my taste) before I decided on this one and I'm very happy with my purchase.

                If I could change anything it would be the speaker. It is the only weak link. Don't get me wrong it doesn't sound bad or weak. I'm just saying compared to a G12M or Vintage 30 it just isn't as bright or defined. So there's an upgrade idea for ya. Only other thing I'd change would be the tubes (factory ones are Sovtek). While they operate quietly with no noise or hum I personally like gold-pin tubes.

                That's it though. Everything on this amp from the knobs to switches has a high quality feel to it and the sound is great. You'll be impressed. Just go for it.

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                (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Value - Excellent Tone

                By b7string

                from Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Value
                • Lots Of Gain On Tap
                • Manageable Volume
                • Portable
                • Warm Sound

                Cons

                • Clean Only Has 1 Eq Knob

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                Amp has a traditional "British" voicing to it. With ISF knob you can dial in a bit more of a "Mesa-Boogie" sound to it, but overall it still sounds more like a Marshall than anything else.

                OD channel is amazing. Great for all levels of gain, totally usable EQ, and its pretty quiet too.

                Clean channel sounds very good, a nice "chime" to it, you can keep it really squeaky clean or have it break up a little bit depending on where you set the gain/volume. Only downside is that it only has a "tone" knob so you have a limited ability to adjust EQ. This said, it still sounds very good, just not totally customizable.

                The best tone description I can give would be that it sounds like Opeth. Very rich but cutting and punchy overdrive, and warm woody cleans with a bit of top-end chime (almost fender-like, but with more mid presence). The in-between tones (bluesy crunch, light breakup) sound impeccable as-well.

                Reverb: Nothing special, but it sounds good, natural, and I find it doesn't over-soak the sound when you use it with the OD channel.

                Build Quality: Very solid construction. Knobs don't wiggle, everything is nice and tight, no vibrations.

                It sounds GREAT at low volume levels. I play it at bedroom levels not to disturb my upstairs tenants, and it sounds warm and rich. I can't comment on how loud it can go as I've never used it outside of my bedroom or a quiet jam space.

                Overall, this amp blows away anything I've tried in this price range, and I prefer it to many pricier amps out there too. I have already purchased one, and I'll be getting a second one for my other jam space. Great unit and amazing value.

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