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  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), 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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    5.0

    Worth it!

    By Cannibal

    from Israel

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    Pros

    • Amazing With Effects
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Very Well Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This was my first amp and i have never bean more happy with another one. it give the sound that alot of metalheads want (at least me) I have used plenty of different amps and nothing handles more to my taste then this amp! when i plugged in my Zoom G5 it was like 2 pees in one pot! i have plugged the G5 in to other amps and they dont seem to give me the right feedback i need or at least want. DEFINATLY PICK THIS AMP UP! or try it out

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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.

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      (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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      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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                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!

                  Comment on this review

                  (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?

                  Comment on this review

                  (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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