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Open-Box Blackstar HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head

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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 t...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) 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
  • Cool vintage styling

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 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
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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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp!!!

By Ax Man

from Kansas

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

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.

(11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

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

By bradleyd417

from Charlotte, NC

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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!

    (6 of 11 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.

    (5 of 5 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!

      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not bad but far from perfect

      By livininthewoods

      from TX

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

      Well the sound is not terrible but I think an amp claiming to produce "the sound in your head" should be a little more flexible.

      It is incredibly load for 5 watts, I think that number is fiction. It keeps up with my 40 watt TripleXXX tube combo and 200 watt PA. Of course that could have alot to do with the 300 watt 4x12 I have it pushing too!

      They claim this to be an all tube amp but I don't think so, at least not in the more traditional sense. I think it is basically one of their HT distortion pedals in front of a little 5 watt tube power amp. It takes time based effects through the loop quite well and wah pedals and full on distortion pedals sound good in front of it but, overdrives and boost pedal do not effect the overdrive channel the way they would most traditional tube amps. EQ pedals as well do not seem to effect this amp as much as most, be it in front or in the loop. If you have an EQ after a full on distortion pedal it will shape the sound as usual but, if you try to crank the amps gain, put an overdrive in front with an EQ in the loop like you would with say a JCM800 you will get very little effect on the tone of the amp.

      It is a very nice looking amp in my opinion. It looks really good sitting on top of my Marshall 1960a!
      My advice, don't fall for all the hype surrounding this amp and try before you buy. Unfortunately that will be pretty difficult since no body ever has one in stock at an actual store.
      This amp is not lacking in features especially for a low wattage head but, for the price, I think they could have done a little better . I would prefer a regular 3 band eq on the clean side but the tone control works pretty well. They used a stereo reverb but you only get the stereo effect through the line out or headphones. I think they should have better used the stereo aspect of the reverb by making the effects loop stereo with the use of Y-cables and of course running the stereo signal when two speakers are connected.

      The ISF feature has not been very useful for me. I keep it all the way to the American side all the time because it sounds like total mud on the british side. This may not be such an issue with single coil pickups but all my guitars are double humbucker models and they get really muddy with the ISF past about 9oclock. On top of that the middle control seems very weak to me. I have never been one to completely scoop my mids but with the mid control on zero it seems like what it should be at about 12oclock.

      I also don't care for the fact that the power and standby switches are upside down. Meaning up is off and down is on.
      This is where I am still unsure. The build quality on this thing looks amazing. There is a noticeable difference between Korean craftsmanship and Chinese and that is something to keep in mind when considering the price/quality ratio of this amp compared to others in it's range, most of them are Chinese and this is Korean. In my opinion that is a mark in it's favor.

      I have had this amp for about six months and it has been a little finicky a few times. It would start making a farting sound and fade in and out. It may have just been my crappy rural electricity, because when I got a power conditioner those problems went away. It also acts a little funny when using the effects loop level button. I have found it best to turn the power completely off when changing the level instead of just putting into standby. Since I have stopped messing with it and left it where it is I have had no more trouble.

      Only time will tell so, no opinion yet.
      I guess it is a decent value for the money (as long as it holds up for at least 5-10 years). I was not disappointed enough with this amp to send it back but, if had had to do it all over again, I would probably either spend more money on a Krank or save some money and try the JetCity. There are loads of things I would change about this amp but if the middle EQ control and the ISF feature was just more powerful I would consider this amp worth the price.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Build Quality

      By Dennis Kayser

      from Denver

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

      Great Tone! Tubes are a little hard to install I removed the chassis.

      (3 of 6 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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      My Reveiw

      By SatchInVt

      from Undisclosed

      About Me Novice

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      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Mighty Sound!

      By Smegmazor

      from Bronx, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

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

      I found this head very impressive. I purchased it because I needed a low wattage head that produces more saturation than my current head. I own a Jet City Picovalve which has a nice tone for some rock and hard rock sounds, but falls short on heavier tones. The HT5RH can achieve very nice crunch by itself and wil do wonders with an OD pedal right in front.

      Awesome head!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome little amp

      By Mikey G

      from Orlando, FL

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      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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Practice Amp

          By Rocket

          from St Louis

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          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.

          (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Is this amp really all tube?

          By LAW

          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.

            (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!!!!

              (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Customer Service

              By Ax Man

              from Kansas

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

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

                I purchased this amp last August, it has outstanding tone, I was very impressed with the distortion sound but the clean channel blew me away. Sprkling clean!!
                The issue that I have is that after six months of playing it exclusively in my studio the amp stopped working. Took it to an authorized repair shop and they were told by Korg Customer Service that they would rather give me a new amp than have the old one repaired, good thing this amp comes with a three year warranty. The problem is that I still don't have my replacement amp!! It has been four months so far and all I get from Korg USA is e-mails telling me that it is still not available. I am very disapointed with their service.

                 
                5.0

                Excellent amp!!

                By Silverflow

                from Charlottesville V.A

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                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 HT Series HT-5RH Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  So I just got this blackstar ht5r head and I am running through a Marshall 2×12 cab 8oms and I must say it sounds awsome!! You can't go wrong with this little 5watt head it definitely packs a punch! Great sound and tone
                  With out adding any pedals. But takes pedals well also running a boss metal zone and a Moores chorus and delay with a Jerry Cantrell wah and it sounds amazing! And any any one that says you can't gig with this amp head is very wrong. Hook this up to a 2×12 or 4×12 cab and it is plenty load enough for any live gig just crank it up!! I am using this head and practicing with a full 4 piece band 2 guitars bass and drums as well as live shows with no problem being heard!! So don't hesitate to but this little gem. I like it so much I plan on getting. One more as soon as I can afford it.

                   
                  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 .

                    (0 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Noisy Background Hum

                    By Tone Chaser

                    from USA

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

                    I like the features and the tone a lot but the hum on the dirty channel is EXTREME in my opinion. I may try one of there other heads but this one will eventually have to go because of the noise. If it was quiet, it would be a real keeper.
                    Great features!
                    This amp's dirty channel is NOISY! The clean is fine. Great tone from both channels but get ready to buy a noise gate because there is so much hum that the amp is almost unusalbe without one if you are using higher gain. I bought one and also tried one at a local store. Same problem on both amps!
                    No matter how much I like the other features and the tone, the hum is so bad that it makes the amp a bad value.

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