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Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp   

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The ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A smarter starter guitar amp.

The ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control set and delivered in super wide stereo to give an immersive playing experience that will have you hooked on playing guitar.

ID:CORE represents the culmination of more than seven years' technical Research and Development. These amps have an intuitive control set like a traditional amp, but have the versatility of programmability. The unique controls allow you, the guitarist, to custom design your own sound. The Voice control has six different settings - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control you can get the exact tone you're thinking of. The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound.

Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community. The USB connector also allows you to record from your amp directly to your computer. An emulated output and MP3/line input complete the package. By using the unique Voice control and the patented ISF, ID:CORE Series amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to design the sound in your head and deliver it at home, in the studio or in rehearsal.

ID:CORE are small in size, but deliver huge tone - the perfect amps for budding guitarists who want to play better, faster.

FEATURES
  • Voice control: Six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2 which, when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, give you the exact tone you're thinking of
  • Super Wide Stereo: Gives you an immersive sound experience that'll have you playing along to your MP3 backing tracks for hours
  • 12 Effects: Vintage-style, studio-quality effects, including 3x modulation, 3x delay and 3x reverb effects, specially voiced for electric guitar and delivered in massive super wide stereo
  • EQ with ISF: Full interactive, patented ISF control gives you access to infinite new sound possibilities from the USA to the UK and everywhere in-between by allowing you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings
  • Stereo MP3/Line In: For great sounding jamming or listening to music in super wide stereo
  • USB Connectivity: USB audio for pro recording capability - easily get great tone recorded
  • Speaker Emulated Line Out: For silent practice or recording
  • INSIDER GUI: INSIDER software gives you more - deep editing of your amp, exchanging sounds with the Blackstar Online Community and downloading artist patches - all for free
  • Share Patches: Store your CORE ID sounds - 6 internally or more via free INSIDER software and download or share patches online using the INSIDER community pages

Expect big things from this small package. Order today!

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BlackstarID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sounding little practice amp!

I bought this amp for one reason: Practicing in the bedroom without pissing off my wife or waking the kids. This amp is slightly larger than a shoe box and very light weight....Read complete review

I bought this amp for one reason: Practicing in the bedroom without pissing off my wife or waking the kids. This amp is slightly larger than a shoe box and very light weight. This amp sounds unbelievable for it's size and low cost. The clean sounds are great and the overdrive channels are surprisingly full with enough low end to satisfy most players. The effects are basic without great flexibility but enough to make it worthwhile. The stereo sounds of this little 2 X 5 is simply fantastic. Every time I use it for practice I still can't believe how good this things sounds for an amp in it's price range. My first amp I bought 30 years ago cost the same amount and sounded like garbage. Most amps will start to sound thin or lose their tone quality at low levels but this amp doesn't do that. It sounds good at whisper quiet all the way up to much louder volumes. If you buy this amp to gig with I would guess you will be disappointed. Footswitch option is not available on this model but the next size up does allow you to use one. That was not an issue for me since I was trying to keep to a small package. MF even threw in the Gold Coverage for two years at no extra charge so this is guaranteed for two years as well, all for under one C note!
Simply put, when you keep it all in perspective with the cost, sound quality, ease of use and size of the amp, it is a winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality issues

I purchased this amplifier solely to run direct into the front of house system. I have been using a Blackstar HT-1RH for quite some time direct to the board. I wanted to use...Read complete review

I purchased this amplifier solely to run direct into the front of house system. I have been using a Blackstar HT-1RH for quite some time direct to the board. I wanted to use the ID CORE 10 to do the same, but have the extra stereo effects available to use since one band that I play with runs stereo all the time. We all run direct also. The sound is great. However, the ID CORE 10 did not deliver at all. The "emulated out" which I need to use did not work properly. As soon as the jack was plugged in, the amplifier would emit a mid-range squeal that made the amp unusable in my situation. Trying different stereo patch chords along with different mixing consoles yielded the same results. The amp was packed up and ready to return within a few hours of receiving it. I really hoped this would have worked out. Once again though, MF comes through with their great customer service and allowed me to return it without hassle. I did not take an exchange. The experience made me very weary of receiving another bad amp. I am a Blackstar fan and intend to purchase the ID 15TVP for the same use that was planned with the ID CORE 10. Hopefully that amplifier will work as well as my HT-1RH. Playing direct allows the stage volume to be comfortably low. My drummer uses a full ELECTRONIC kit. The venues that I have been playing at these past few years are too small to safely play with a real drum set without damage to your ears since we are usually set up almost on top of each other. Gone are the days of big stages and ample room for the band to set up. I believe that the ID CORE 10 would probably be a great amp for my live needs but the unit I received was defective.

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2.0

Defective shortly after recieving it.

By Badluck

from Port St. Lucie,FL

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

I had previously reviewed this and my update is it stopped working after 3 months. Love the amp and all the sounds but not much good if it don't work. Now I have to ship it back at my cost.

 
5.0

This is better than I ever thought it could be!!!

By Badluck

from Port St. Lucie,FL

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great sound.
  • Portable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Practicing, jamming

Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

I can't believe how great this little amp is it has a big sound. The super wide stereo really fills the room. Easy to use not complicated at all. It's so portable and lightweight. I love using the insider software where you can select and download the particular sound Zeppelin, Guns & Roses etc. Headphones sound pretty good. I also like how it sounds using the line in and jamming to my favorite songs. I even use it for online lessons as I can jam along with the instructor. You won't be disappointed with this amp.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Update kills amp dead

By m

from U.S.A.

Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

It seems Blackstar's amp update via USB kills the amp dead in many cases and they are aware of this. Save up and buy a different brand. You wont last long Blackstar, making garbage like this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sick practice amp

By Nick

from Albany Ny

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      I'm 30 with a family. I was looking for a small but powerful amp with a wide range of sound. I've been around music my whole life have friends in touring bands. The amp is sick for apartment use or if you have a spouse and children and need to be quiet but don't want to stop playing. Great starter amp to discover your sound. Only real con is that blackstars selling point is the idcore insider software, amp did not come with a USB cable to connect to your pc. No reason not to by.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is an Excellent Practice Amp

      By A Spencer

      from Connecticut

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • The best of Parlor Amps

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        Excellent sound when used within its parameters. It think that this amp brings out the best of tone because you tend to use the amp within its mid to upper power range. Using a large amp at low volume does not project the intended sound design; however, this amp does what it is supposed to do because of where a guitarist would naturally practice. For such a small package the sound is remarkable. If you need a large performance amp for a large venue, just mic this little critter up (or purchase a large amp). The design and quality of Blackstars products is excellent. I highly recommend this amplifier.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOWIE!!

        By Flandep53

        from Charlottesville, VA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Love this little amp!!

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amazing practice amp!

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        I think some in here were expecting a "gig" ready amp and that's not what this guy is. What it really does is blow away every other small practice amp I've ever played and I've been in this business for 47 years. I'd recommend this amp to anyone who want's THE "practice" amp for the money hands down.

        (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Awful Tine

        By Michael

        from Lexington, KY

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Bad Tone
        • Very Nasal Sounding

        Cons

        • Awful Tone
        • Lack Of Warmth
        • Nasal Sounding
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        I traded in my Marshall Valvestate 12AX7 because I can't play it loud enough to saturate the tubes to take full advantage of them without my wife divorcing me and I always like to have a backup amp. My main amp is an Acoustic Lead Series G20. I bought the Blackstar on name recognition alone. Bad move. Now I didn't download any patches for it, but out of the six pre-installed settings, it's awful. Can not get a warm tone out of any of them. Very nasal sounding and just a very processed and weak tone. I took it back to GC and got an Acoustic Lead Series G10 and a used Dunlop Cry Baby. The Acoustic's don't have all the bells and whistles, but a much warmer and fuller sounding tone. The G20 even sounded better than my Marshall and you can play small gigs with the G20. Save yourself some money and get either the Acoustic Lead Series G20 or G10. The G20 is an awesome practice amp that you could record or play small gigs with and the G10 is a solid and great sounding practice amp.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        What I wanted..... exactly

        By DudeistMonk

        from Lowell, MA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Software Wouldn't Load

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Bedroom Amp
        • Mobile DJ
        • Practice

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is the ultimate apartment bedroom practice and self recording USB amp. It sounds good with the presets, the mp3 input works great for jamming with back up tracks and the USB makes it very easy to record to audacity to get great sound. I run a behringer distortion pedal through it to go from distortion to clean and it works great. Quieter and easier to deal with than the Fender Mustang which is the better amp.... but not the better amp for me. This would be a 5 if I could have gotten the Insider software to work but in a way I am glad I didn't to keep it simple. Still if you offer something and it doesnt work you get docked a star.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By AXEMASTER36

        from D'Iberville MS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

          Clean sound is amazing. Distortion is crushing. Comes with a built in tuner but no instructions on how to use it in the manual (had to use You Tube). Effects are excellent.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic amp for myself as a new player

          By Neil B

          from NW

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Incredible Sounds
          • Portable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Leaning

            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

            Seriously wonderful sounds, easy to use, loud, cheap!

            For a beginner this is perfect! It's small, allowing practise anywhere in the house, I think it's beefy enough even for a small gig!

            Wouldn't be without it, it's a good first amp!

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