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Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp   

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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 t...Read More

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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
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sounding amp but.....

I cant recommend the HT-5R combo so I returned it. Note: I normally buy most of my gear from MF but I didn't buy this amp from them. I figured the review...Read complete review

I cant recommend the HT-5R combo so I returned it. Note: I normally buy most of my gear from MF but I didn't buy this amp from them. I figured the review would be helpful if you like your amp to sound good! The Blackstar HT-5R combo is housed in a very small cabinet & as a result it sounds small/boxy. I tried swapping out the speaker with a Jensen P12R alnico for a bigger sound only to find that the baffle isn't even cut in a circle for a full 12" speaker...the top 3" of the baffle is cut straight across making 3/4 of a circle like this (_) but upside down thus blocking/covering up the top 3" of the speaker! It looks like they just took the 10" combo cabinet and stuck a 12" speaker in it without modifying the baffle nor moving the emblem. Blackstar cut corners to save $$ but they didn't cut the right corner...a circle is round!!! IMO the amp would sound 100x better in a slightly bigger combo cabinet with a full circle cut out in the baffle! That being said, for the money, the amp sounds amazing through a separate 12" cabinet. My suggestion is to buy the HT-5RH head and separate HT-112 12" cabinet and you will be in tone heaven for less than six bills!!!

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5.0

An excellent (And seemingly underrated) little combo

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from Milwaukee, WI

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    Kind of puzzled by the negative reviews of this bad boy but to each his (or her) own I guess.

    The Blackstar HT-5R to me is a fantastic little amp. It is solidly built and delivers tube warmth & punch that digital amps can't touch. It's simple layout allows for a versatile array of quality tones without slamming the user with option overload. There are lot of well-thought out features one doesn't usually find on affordable small tube amps such as the excellent emulated output and an FX loop.

    The clean channel is very serviceable. It's not a mind-blowing Fendery clean but it is very clear and is very responsive to difference guitars and pickups. If you are a country guy, don't bother. If you like gain, keep reading.

    The star here is the Overdrive channel. There is lots of gain on tap, plenty for most rockers and classic metallers. The tone is a little more rock than pure metal - the palm mutes are reasonably chunky but you won't get Pantera chug without a boost pedal. This is true for most high gain tube amps though, that's why so many bands and producers rely on Tubescreamers to tighten things up. I get a killer warm tone straight onto the amp at any gain level. After setting the gain anywhere above 5 and flicking on my TS-9 (set to zero gain and a just a slight level boost), this thing turns into a fire-breathing crunch machine! Tasty metal riffs abound.

    The HT-5R is highly recommended for anyone looking for a punchy, rockin' amp for home use or in the studio.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great sounding amp but.....

    By 

    from Royersford, PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

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

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

    I cant recommend the HT-5R combo so I returned it. Note: I normally buy most of my gear from MF but I didn't buy this amp from them. I figured the review would be helpful if you like your amp to sound good! The Blackstar HT-5R combo is housed in a very small cabinet & as a result it sounds small/boxy. I tried swapping out the speaker with a Jensen P12R alnico for a bigger sound only to find that the baffle isn't even cut in a circle for a full 12" speaker...the top 3" of the baffle is cut straight across making 3/4 of a circle like this (_) but upside down thus blocking/covering up the top 3" of the speaker! It looks like they just took the 10" combo cabinet and stuck a 12" speaker in it without modifying the baffle nor moving the emblem. Blackstar cut corners to save $$ but they didn't cut the right corner...a circle is round!!! IMO the amp would sound 100x better in a slightly bigger combo cabinet with a full circle cut out in the baffle! That being said, for the money, the amp sounds amazing through a separate 12" cabinet. My suggestion is to buy the HT-5RH head and separate HT-112 12" cabinet and you will be in tone heaven for less than six bills!!!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A very, VERY good little amp

    By 

    from Idaho

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Bought this amp used two weeks ago for practice at home. First things first, a 50W amp is NOT ten times louder than a 5W, so just know that 5 watts can be VERY loud--loud enough to bother the neighbors if you're not careful. So, unless you're playing largish venues and/or competing with a loud drummer or full band, 5W will do you just fine.

      The cleans on this amp are very clean. Humbuckers sound a tad sterile, but single-coils add some useful "color" to the amp's clean tone. I have not pushed the clean channel loud enough to drive the tube, but it provides a very usable tone. The gain channel, however, is the real star. The gain knob will take you from mild OD to deeply saturated distortion, with a true crunch available through the EQ controls or a boost pedal. This channel is VERY versatile and unless you're a jazzer or in love with your OD pedal, you'll probably spend most of your time on channel 2. The ISF knob is OK, but I find myself keeping it at 12 o'clock and not using it much. I feel like it's really just another mid-range tone control.

      Beyond the gain channel, this amps shines for all of its features. Speaker emulation is not common for a 5W "practice amp", and this one does it very well--at least as good as my Egnater. Headphone practice and direct out to a recording interface are possible, and you can even play along with your mp3's. And an effects loop. Again, not common with a "practice amp".

      The amp's size is great--not too big and not too heavy. Also, the construction appears to be very study.

      Since no amp's perfect, here are my niggling complaints. I HATE upward or backward facing controls, so having to look over the amp to adjust tone is annoying. Forward facing controls would have been great, but would probably have also increased the size. Next, a *little* color on the clean channel would have been welcome. On the bright side, if you like to get most of your tone through pedals, the sterile clean is an excellent base platform.

      Overall, a great little amp with way more features than you'd expect from an amp of this size and cost. This and my Egnater are now my go-to amps.

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      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Just Sounds Small

      By 

      from Lancaster, PA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Light
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Sounds Small

      Best Uses

      • Beginner Practice
      • Good First Tube Amp

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

      The Blackstar HT-5r receives a lot of hype around the gear world, but I just don't buy it. I purchased this combo new and unless you use it in a small, enclosed area, it sounds very small and hollow. The cleans are decent, but the overdrive just has no depth at all unless you pack the amp into a tiny corner of a small room. It has a Blackstar designed Celestion speaker instead of a stardard Celestion stock speaker.

      For the money, buy a Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 5, which is much much better and comes with a real Celestion 1 x 8" EIGHT 15.

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      (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Second Thoughts

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      from Phila. area

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Wah Wah Sounds Harsh

      Best Uses

      • Wah Wah Sounds Harsh

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

      Running a G String Decimater and BBE thru the FX loop makes this amp great EXCEPT for one important thing... my dunlop wah wah pedals sound lousy thru it no matter what I've tried.
      Every other amp I've ever played sounds fine with my wah so I am replacing it. The HT-5R was ultimately a disappointment. Adios amigo.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth it!

      By 

      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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        (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Keep looking!

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        from Every where

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        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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        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A practice amp that will surprise you!

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        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.

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        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sounds Great, IF.....

        By 

        from Phila. area

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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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            (8 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Ok, but overpriced for the tone

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            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.

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