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Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp  Black

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A formidable combo with broad, immersive sound that really packs a punch live.

The ID:260 is a 2 x 60-watt stereo, programmable amp. With 2 x 12" speakers, this combo has a broad immersive sound and really packs a punch live.

The ID: Series represents the culmination of more than seven years technical research and development by the same team that designed Series One, Artisan and HT Venue. The unique controls allow you to custom design your own sound, store it and then have the confidence that the amp will perform in a live environment.

By using the unique Voice control, patented ISF and patent-applied-for True Valve Power, these amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to in effect, design the sound in your head and deliver it live as LOUD as valve. Individuality is power!

FEATURES
  • True Valve Power offers six distinctly different power valve responses - EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88
  • ¢ EL84 - Bell like full bodied Class A with lots of compression
  • ¢ 6V6 - Crisp Class A with high compression and tight mids
  • ¢ EL34 - Classic British Class A/B crunch with full bodied soft break up
  • ¢ KT66 - Rich and warm vintage British hot biased Class A/B
  • ¢ 6L6 - Tight dynamic Class A/B with extended highs and lows
  • ¢ KT88 - Tight, bold and dynamic Class A/B with strong low end
  • EQ with patented ISF: The patented ISF control works with the Bass and Treble controls to give you access to infinite new sound possibilities from the USA to the UK and everywhere in-between, allowing you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings
  • Voices: The unique Voice control has six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2, which when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, you can get the exact tone you're thinking of
  • GUI Software: GUI for deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the supplied Blackstar GUI software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via our online community. The USB connector also allows you to record your amp directly to your computer or to re-amp guitar tracks. The audio section allows you to play along to your MP3s, plus you can loop and time stretch sections for phrase training
  • Multi effects: The effects section delivers studio-quality modulation, delay and reverb effects (four each, based on classic and boutique effects) simultaneously that you can store with your sound
  • 128 user storable sounds: There are 12 patches which are accessible from the front of the amp
  • Manual mode: The sound you hear will reflect the current physical position of the knobs so you can find the sound you are looking for and then store it for future use
  • USB connectivity: Plug the amp in to a mac or PC with the USB connection and you'll be able to edit patches, record and re-amp audio and much more via the GUI
  • Speaker emulated output: This amp has a fully specified speaker emulated output which further enhances the studio credentials and allows any guitarist to get amazing valve tone straight to tape or disk, or through headphones
  • Built-in tuner: Allows you to tune your guitar through the amp, with LEDs that indicate if the note that is being played is in tune, sharp or flat
  • MIDI input: This amp offers the ability to recall Patches via MIDI Program Change messages, and to dynamically modify Patch values via MIDI Control Change messages

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BlackstarID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (12)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Now 1 of my Favorite Amps

After getting the ID:30 1x12 version of this amp series and loving the way it really brought out the "personalities" of my different guitars and pickups, I had to upgrade...Read complete review

After getting the ID:30 1x12 version of this amp series and loving the way it really brought out the "personalities" of my different guitars and pickups, I had to upgrade to this 60w 2x12 version and am glad I did. The only other amp that I've played on that did this well too was the Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black - and that is a real tube amp. Unfortunately for Line 6 Spiders and Peavey Vyprys - Blackstar is the new king of digital amps imo. The online USB hookup looks vast, but will taking time and a learning curve for this old skool player

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good But, UI issues

Overall a very good sounding amp but with some clear weaknesses in the User Interface (UI) and bugs in electronics. First, dashboard is inset and well under the lip of the case...Read complete review

Overall a very good sounding amp but with some clear weaknesses in the User Interface (UI) and bugs in electronics. First, dashboard is inset and well under the lip of the case – so none of the top labels are visible from arms reach sitting in front of the amp. Additionally, the small type for the levels under the nobs are directly under the nobs and not visible. So, sitting in front of the amp – for most nobs - you can read none of the information. You have to bend over and look under the nobs and cabinet lip – kind of like working on the plumbing under your kitchen sink.

Next, noticed a bug in the reverb setting – when first turning the amp on and hitting the reverb button, the reverb does not come to level until you touch the level nob (up or down) and then the reverb "jumps" in. What disturbs me about this – same bug I have seen on other cheap China made amps at the low price level. My bet, a bad common component (most China production is centralized town/factory) making for little difference in quality from high to low brands. On board tuner, as displayed thought the foot peddle gives periodic false string setting and can get so annoying I just default to the tuner app on my cell phone.
Big UI issue for me is when turning the amp off, all the settings default back to off. Then when moving to manual setting, foot peddle changes to "patch" from "mode." But not back when mode is set: same when unit is turned off. So, lets toggle back through every time you move back and forth to manual.

Last, "layering" multiple sound effects introduce noise is some configurations. Overall, a "good" amp but the UI issues are annoying as hell and easy fixes in design. So, calling "BS" on Blackstar's marketing hype about their "engineers." Lots of effects, but sometimes more is less. I noticed most people rate this amp 5 stars – probably says more about the state of amps in the modern world of China production and lack of quality options on the market.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds and feels like the real deal!

By Gearhund

from California

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Finally A Decent Modeler
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • The Real Deal Great Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have tried all the reasonably priced modeling units (floor and amp) out there and have never been happy with the results. I've always felt like you were playing a recording of the amp that it is emulating. Never had the punch. Seemed like someone threw a towel over the speaker. The ID260 is not like the others. It is actually inspiring to play. If you want many sounds in an all-in-one portable package, this is a great choice. Very satisfying.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New Sheriff in town

    By Doug

    from PA.

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Live
    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have had about every tube amp on the market, and this amp passes them all. It is easy to dial in and the effects are very usable. I tried a boost pedal in front of the amp but didn't work well. I found it is better to just dedicate a channel for leads only. Don't understand the people saying they have noise issues. My amp is dead quiet even with big gain dialed in. Maybe they have a ground issue in there guitar. It is a tad heavy but still not as bad as my tube amps. I use this amp on every gig now and my tubbers are parked. Take your time dialing in your sound and you will be very happy with the results.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BLACKSTAR DIGITAL AMPS Are AWESOME ! !

    By BobZilla

    from Sunny South Jersey

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

    After reading Every Review I could Find on the ID2x60,and listening to sound samples/YouTube Demo Videos,I Pulled the Trigger on one,and I was VERY,VERY HAPPY I DID! LOUD Enough to gig,Great Analog Style Warmth,has a few little "TRICKS" that Really are AMAZING to Hear,Especially the "LOUD AS VALVE" FEATURE,Really Opens up the Amp's HEADROOM! Along with a GROCERY LIST of Features that ACTUALLY Make a DIFFERENCE In the Amp's Sound,For the Money,YOU CANNOT GO WRONG BUYING ONE OF THESE AMPS! Recording or Gigging,it's EASY to Use/Program your Own Presets,These sound AS GOOD as HIGH PRICED AMP MODELORS,take a little time TWEAKING Your Presets,You'll be VERY HAPPY with what You Hear!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great amp but a little noisy

    By DetroitWhammerJammer

    from Troy, MI

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Live performance

      Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

      Excellent addition to programmable amplification. Fairly intuitive to set-up and use. Digital effects are top-shelf. TVP is an outstanding addition opening several options for power and overall tonal sound. The ISF feature is cool and in conjunction with TVP- opens several avenues for power and tone variation. Like me- if you want a tight, punchy, bottom-end for rythum; the Resonance feature gives this and more. The only caveat is the amount of hiss and noise it projects particularly when gain is increased. Not sure that a noise-gate will solve this issue. Hoping that Blackstar has a remedy. Lastly- the front-panel display looks very cool with the multi-colored LED's. I think this will be a keeper!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Blackstar ID:260 TVP

      By ProdigalSon

      from Singapore

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have digital modellers, floorboards, racks, VST's, analog pedals, tube amps, solid state amps. Always had an issue having to bring my recorded tone to live gigs. Until i picked up this combo. All problems solved. Sounds amazing. Makes your tube amps make a run for their money. Best amp I ever bought.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Now 1 of my Favorite Amps

        By phat68tony

        from NW Louisiana

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

        After getting the ID:30 1x12 version of this amp series and loving the way it really brought out the "personalities" of my different guitars and pickups, I had to upgrade to this 60w 2x12 version and am glad I did. The only other amp that I've played on that did this well too was the Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black - and that is a real tube amp. Unfortunately for Line 6 Spiders and Peavey Vyprys - Blackstar is the new king of digital amps imo. The online USB hookup looks vast, but will taking time and a learning curve for this old skool player

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A REAL KEEPER

        By shuriken4

        from AL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is an amazing buy, for teh working musician or studio musician, some how can emmulate the tone of Tubes, and does it very well the only other that I found very very good was teh Orange Crush 120H wowww, very cool amp too. The Blackstar is an extraordinary every day amp to have.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Good But, UI issues

          By Rockett

          from Oz

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Almost "Tube" Sound.
          • Good Clairity
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Bugs in some functions
          • Difficult To Use
          • Layering several effects produces noise
          • Poor User Interface

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

          Overall a very good sounding amp but with some clear weaknesses in the User Interface (UI) and bugs in electronics. First, dashboard is inset and well under the lip of the case – so none of the top labels are visible from arms reach sitting in front of the amp. Additionally, the small type for the levels under the nobs are directly under the nobs and not visible. So, sitting in front of the amp – for most nobs - you can read none of the information. You have to bend over and look under the nobs and cabinet lip – kind of like working on the plumbing under your kitchen sink.

          Next, noticed a bug in the reverb setting – when first turning the amp on and hitting the reverb button, the reverb does not come to level until you touch the level nob (up or down) and then the reverb "jumps" in. What disturbs me about this – same bug I have seen on other cheap China made amps at the low price level. My bet, a bad common component (most China production is centralized town/factory) making for little difference in quality from high to low brands. On board tuner, as displayed thought the foot peddle gives periodic false string setting and can get so annoying I just default to the tuner app on my cell phone.
          Big UI issue for me is when turning the amp off, all the settings default back to off. Then when moving to manual setting, foot peddle changes to "patch" from "mode." But not back when mode is set: same when unit is turned off. So, lets toggle back through every time you move back and forth to manual.

          Last, "layering" multiple sound effects introduce noise is some configurations. Overall, a "good" amp but the UI issues are annoying as hell and easy fixes in design. So, calling "BS" on Blackstar's marketing hype about their "engineers." Lots of effects, but sometimes more is less. I noticed most people rate this amp 5 stars – probably says more about the state of amps in the modern world of China production and lack of quality options on the market.

           
          5.0

          One of the best amps I've EVER played and owned.

          By Jim the Foxx

          from Wharton, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have played and owned Mesa Boogies, Marshalls, Vox, Suns & Fenders all of my life. I'm 69 years old and I've worked in major recording studios all over the U.S. except in California & New York. I play in a Rock, Blues, original music type band & I have opened for people like B.B. King, Eric Johnson, Little Milton, and many others just to name a few. I'm from the "Old School" of rock and have a ton of guitars that I use in my personal studio, live performances, and other venues. At the moment I'm using a 100 Marshall TSL half stack with vintage 30 Celestions and the Blackstar ID 260 together. I've been a tube man / fanatic all my life but after about two weeks with this amp,... It's starting to convert me to the idea that SOUND is what matters AND not whether it has tubes or not. The Blackstar is incredible & I still haven't "tapped" into all the incredible sounds this amp can do and at the moment I'm running it on manual to where I can just turn on what effects I want when I want them. Blackstar......you have a monster of an amp and it sounds INCREDIBLE by itself and even MORE incredible with the TSL Marshall together. I am not scared to walk into a small / medium sized venue and use the Blackstar ID 260 by itself. You did it right and if you spend just as little time with this amp.....It will scare you with the endless possibilities in sounds that are available. Congratulations Blackstar !!! Hole Mole.....What an amp !!!

             
            5.0

            Blackstar Rocks!

            By Beyankee2

            from Dallas, Texas

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home playing
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar ID: 260 2 x 60W (120W) Stereo Programmable Guitar Combo Amp:

              I purchased the Blackstar ID:TVP260 after reading many reviews and watching a whole lot of videos of tutorials and reviews. I have owned it now for a few weeks and I am enjoying every minute of my playing time with it. The sound possibilities are endless. The Insider software that goes alone with it is also very user friendly in my opinion (although you will see many people complain about it I think it is very straight forward and pretty self explanatory. I have owned tube amps as well and yes, I think this Blackstar sounds awesome in comparison to a tube amp. It is all opinion and based on what sound you like but I am of the belief that Blackstar knows what they are doing with tube emulation. The bottom line is that this amp has something for every type of genre and it is has amazing tones and it is fun to play with. Tube snobs may say something different but if you have to HAVE a tube amp then go buy a tube amp! It is as simple as that. This amp can also be played at low volume levels with no problem although it really Rocks when you crank it a little bit! All in all I do not think you can go wrong with it!

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