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Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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  • Innovative 5 watt tube head
  • 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-5RH guitar amp head 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-5RH head is perfect for any situation requiring raw tube tone.

The HT-5RH guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.

Features
  • Innovative 5 watt tube head
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 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-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Performances (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
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      • Experienced (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great amp!!!

    Just a great value.
    Got the chance to play a frie'nds HT-5H sometime ago and we both agreed that it needed reverb, the tone was just too dry. As soon...Read complete review

    Just a great value.
    Got the chance to play a frie'nds HT-5H sometime ago and we both agreed that it needed reverb, the tone was just too dry. As soon as I found out that the HT-5RH was available I bought one. Amazing little amp!! I play it through a 2x12 Blackstar cab and the tone is just great. This 5 amp head has enough punch to play small gigs and it is perfect for a studio or small room.
    I don't think you can get a better amp for the price. The distortion channel just rocks, but what really impressed me is the clean channel. It is crystal clear, the best clean sound out of the nine amps I own. Guys, you need to try one, trust me.

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    The only amp I've ever given 1 star :(

    I really wanted to like this amp, but I found myself in a constant fight with it. Blackstar prides themselves on being able to deliver the "sound in your head,"...Read complete review

    I really wanted to like this amp, but I found myself in a constant fight with it. Blackstar prides themselves on being able to deliver the "sound in your head," but for me their promise fell way short.

    The Positives: The clean channel was surprisingly good. I read several reviews claiming the clean to be the weakest aspect of the amp, but I have to strongly disagree. I played this through an Orange PPC112 with a Vintage 30 and it sounded pretty crisp and chimey. Add on a bit of the built-in reverb and the sound was not bad at all. But unfortunately for the Blackstar, amps that do clean well are a dime a dozen (if you're looking for a cheap amp with fantastic clean then I highly recommend the Fender Super Champ). The included Blackstar footswitch is also a great feature since the majority of two channel amps force you to make a separate purchase for foot control.

    Now the Negatives: Nothing about the gain channel worked for me. The ISF knob, which is supposed to range from an American tone to a British tone, simply doesn't capture the sounds it claims. The American side is too muddy and the British side is too harsh. Perhaps I should have adjusted my expectations going in, but most of the solid state amps and/or mini amps I've played sound better than this.

    My next biggest complaints are with the volume control and touch sensitivity. If you roll back the volume on your guitar, the sound does not clean up like it does with most tube amps. It also doesn't correctly project the amount of string attack used. Whether strumming light or hard, the sound differences between the two are barely noticeable. An inexpensive amp that gets this right is the Orange Tiny Terror, which can go from almost clean to full on crunch simply by altering the amount of attack. I realize the Tiny Terror is slightly more expensive and has only one channel, but the sound quality is so vastly better that it more than makes up for the price and feature differences. And since the TT cleans up so well when using a volume pedal, it's almost like having two separate channels.

    The Blackstar does not work well with pedals. My Jerry Cantrell wah, Boss DD7 delay, Ernie Ball VP jr, and MXR micro amp all sounded terrible. It made the wah sound way too tinny; the delay didn't sound as lush as it does with my other amps; the amp cut the sound of my volume pedal way too early in the pedal sweep; and the MXR was unusable since the gain boost became a noisy, fizzy mess.

    Please do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. There are much better amps available in this price range. Best of luck!

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    5.0

    Good Practice Amp

    By Rocket

    from St Louis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          The other guitarist in our band turned me on to this thing. He showed up at practice with just this head and his gig pedalboard, plugged the emulated speaker out direct to our practice PA, and sounded a LOT better than I did with my GT-10. I bought it, and have begun doing the same with my gig pedal board (only used GT-10 for practice direct to PA). The GT-10 is now relegated to the dust bin of history. There's no artificially compressed sound anymore. I still use a Mesa for gigs, but for practice, the Blackstar is light and easy to tote. Works as advertised.

          I listed low wattage as a "con", but that's by design, and its useful for practice and bedroom work. I really like being able to run it in standby mode with headphones and no speakers. Doesn't wake up anybody in the family, and I get to play whenever I want.

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          5.0

          a big surprise

          By blackstrat

          from atco, nj

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            i bought this amp to demo speaker cabinets that i build, much to my surprise i can't believe how much i like it. I have been using it almost every time i play now. The first one i had, had a bad tube in it but musicians friend replaced it very quickly. It takes pedals very well if you use the effects loop for the delays, churos,etc. Anything else with a pre amp (distortion, overdrive) should be plugged into the front of the amp. It is close to a fender tone if you play with it but it still does not match my hot rod deluxe. the major pro is that you get a great sound at a lower volume .

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Is this amp really all tube?

            By gunguicar

            from Wichita, Ks.

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            Pros

            • Excellent Price
            • Good build quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

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

              I downloaded a wiring diagram for this amp. It shows three solid state FETs in the preamp signal path. I think it's wrong to call this an all tube amp.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp!

              By Soulpig68

              from Wichita,Ks

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                After many,many hours of researching online( None of the local shops had one to test) for a inexpensive great sounding amp, I decided on the Blackstar. I have had many amps over the years of playing and this is my 4th tube amp, after receiving it I immediately plugged in the Blackstar 1-12 cab and was astounded by the sounds, I play an Epi Les Paul Custom with stock pups. The clean is great with lots of headroom, the overdrive channel is dark but with some small adjustments to the EQ, it sings. I use a Fulltone GT-500 distortion pedal and it made the amp sound even better! If your shopping for an amp that is affordable and can give you the "sound in your head" as they say, this IS the amp! The included footswitch is a plus along with the onboard reverb. For the money this amp does the trick for me. I cannot express how much this amp improved my sound and playing....awesome is the only word that keeps it simple. Thanks Blackstar and Thank you Musicians Friend for a great product that was shipped fast and very well packaged you both have earned my business in the future!!!!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome little amp

                By Blackstar HT-5 head is fantastic

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I bought the Blackstar HT-5 head and matching 1x12 cabinet as a practice amp. To my ears, the head and cabinet sound better than the combo. The combo sounds good, but I think the separate cabinet provides a better frequency response from top end to bottom end. Plus you can hook up two cabinets to the head for a fat, thick sound.

                    The HT-5 is plenty loud for bedroom/living room practice and home recording. It may not be loud enough for rehearsal or small gigs. I bet the HT-20 is loud enough for small gigs.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I can't improve this amp

                    By Pro

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

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

                      I've owned hundreds of amps over my 35 year career (I'm retired from the The American Federation of Musicians), and this is the best amp I've ever owned. And I'm the guy who always tries to "improve" an amp with different or more speakers, and this amp is perfect. With the exception of the stock pre-amp tube (is there anyone who doesn't upgrade the stock tube?) this amp cannot be improved upon. I installed a vintage JAN Philips tube from my tube collection and the amp is the most dynamic, most toneful, quietest and all around greatest amp ever. I use single coils and it will whisper when you want it to and scream when you want it to and everything in between. String separation is exceptional, it responds to every slight nuance of touch. Breakup is exactly what I've been looking for all these years and all that's in the rhythm channel. The lead channel goes from slightly more breakup to plexi territory and never gets mushy. I have the pre-reverb HT-5, so I don't know if the reverb circuit changes anything. Everything else I have is for sale, but not this one!

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great amp

                      By syb315

                      from brooklyn NY

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Great Tube Tone
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Not Loud Enough For Gigs

                      Best Uses

                      • band practice
                      • Recording
                      • Small gigs

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

                      Overall I love this amp. Its the really the anti-marshall. Its a great amp for good crunchy rock tones. I'd say its like a mixture of a marshall and mesa boogie amp. I like to keep things simple and the controls are easy with fewer knobs. I keep everything on 5 and its the perfect tone for me. My only complaint is that it isnt quite loud enough for gigs unless you mic it through a PA with some floor monitors. Had i known this, I wouldve bought the ht 20. For band practice it hold up, but its not good for live use. Its also great for recording.

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                      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Better Options Out There

                      By JackBileDuct

                      from NC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Portable
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • Muddy
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Bedroom Practice Amp

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

                      The amp is ok but for the money there are much better options out there. The distorted sound is decent but it is muddy. A Night Train or a Tweaker absolutely blows this thing away so I just don't see justification for buying it unless you are building a collection of lunch box amps. I had purchased this amp just weeks before a friend bought a Tweaker. He brought it to my home and I plugged it into the same cabinet I used with the Blackstar and there was just no comparison. I ordered a Tweaker that day and sold my Blackstar.

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                      (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      The only amp I've ever given 1 star :(

                      By Bradley

                      from Charlotte, NC

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                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Clean
                      • Includes Footswitch
                      • Nice Reverb
                      • Portable
                      • Two Channel

                      Cons

                      • Not Good With Pedals
                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Poor Touch Sensitivity
                      • Terrible Gain
                      • Weak

                      Best Uses

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

                        I really wanted to like this amp, but I found myself in a constant fight with it. Blackstar prides themselves on being able to deliver the "sound in your head," but for me their promise fell way short.

                        The Positives: The clean channel was surprisingly good. I read several reviews claiming the clean to be the weakest aspect of the amp, but I have to strongly disagree. I played this through an Orange PPC112 with a Vintage 30 and it sounded pretty crisp and chimey. Add on a bit of the built-in reverb and the sound was not bad at all. But unfortunately for the Blackstar, amps that do clean well are a dime a dozen (if you're looking for a cheap amp with fantastic clean then I highly recommend the Fender Super Champ). The included Blackstar footswitch is also a great feature since the majority of two channel amps force you to make a separate purchase for foot control.

                        Now the Negatives: Nothing about the gain channel worked for me. The ISF knob, which is supposed to range from an American tone to a British tone, simply doesn't capture the sounds it claims. The American side is too muddy and the British side is too harsh. Perhaps I should have adjusted my expectations going in, but most of the solid state amps and/or mini amps I've played sound better than this.

                        My next biggest complaints are with the volume control and touch sensitivity. If you roll back the volume on your guitar, the sound does not clean up like it does with most tube amps. It also doesn't correctly project the amount of string attack used. Whether strumming light or hard, the sound differences between the two are barely noticeable. An inexpensive amp that gets this right is the Orange Tiny Terror, which can go from almost clean to full on crunch simply by altering the amount of attack. I realize the Tiny Terror is slightly more expensive and has only one channel, but the sound quality is so vastly better that it more than makes up for the price and feature differences. And since the TT cleans up so well when using a volume pedal, it's almost like having two separate channels.

                        The Blackstar does not work well with pedals. My Jerry Cantrell wah, Boss DD7 delay, Ernie Ball VP jr, and MXR micro amp all sounded terrible. It made the wah sound way too tinny; the delay didn't sound as lush as it does with my other amps; the amp cut the sound of my volume pedal way too early in the pedal sweep; and the MXR was unusable since the gain boost became a noisy, fizzy mess.

                        Please do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. There are much better amps available in this price range. Best of luck!

                        Comment on this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        My Reveiw

                        By SatchInVt

                        from Undisclosed

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Good Low End
                        • Noeq Onthecleanchannel

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming

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

                        This is my low watt amp and it suits my needs very well. I don't live that close to any large musical gear and for a internet buy I'm extremely happy
                        PROS:
                        low watt- does not kill the ears to get a good distorted sound
                        Very solid foot switch (feels sturdier than my fender deluxe reverb)
                        I like the sound
                        can play loud, I play with a drummer and this amp is able to cut through

                        CONS: not a lot of low end: I use an eq pedal to boost the lower frequency and it sound much better
                        reverb sounds digital- I'm used to tube reverb.

                        Final thought: If you need a low watt amp I would recommend you try this amp. However, I probably won't end up keeping this; not because it is a bad amp but because I like to changing my rig.

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