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Easily our best selling tube combo of the past few years, the Blackstar HT-5 was upgraded to the Blackstar HT-5R. This amazing little combo now has reverb, a clean channel tone control, a new 12" inch speaker instead of old 10" one, state of the art speaker emulated output and an MP3 / Line in socket for jamming.
Complete with a channel-switching footswitch the HT-5R is the small tube amp that sounds huge. A few years ago tube amps weren't available on this kind of budget. Now, with the HT-5R, they excel themselves with features and sweet tube sound to die for whether you need a shimmering clean or fat, searing drives.
Here's what Blackstar say about the Blackstar HT-5R
When the original HT-5 was launched it quickly became one of the most successful studio and practice amps ever designed. Packing all the great tone and innovative features of the award winning HT valve pedals into a two channel, foot switchable valve amp format with a unique push-pull power amp design it was an instant classic.
The current HT5R now features a whole host of new features:
- Digital stereo reverb as found on the HT Venue Series and HT-1 adding a rich depth to any playing style.
- Dedicated Tone control on the Clean Channel providing even greater tonal flexibility over the HT-5R's shimmering cleans.
- 12" Blackbird 50 Watt speaker, custom designed by Blackstar
- State-of-the-art enhanced speaker emulated ouput for perfectly capturing valve tone to tape or disk
- Stereo MP3/Line Input perfect for practice
- The speaker emulated output can now be used at the same time as the internal speaker/extension cab, providing headphone free monitoring or the choice to blend a mic'd speaker and emulated signal together for unrivaled usability when recording at home or in the studio.
HT-5R Combo Features
- Innovative 5 Watt valve combo
- 1x ECC83 and 1x12BH7
- 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
- Cool vintage styling
- Stereo MP3/Line Input
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 04 March 2014
I always wanted a tube amp. I was tempted with the 1 watt Blackstar but am pleased I went for the 5 watt. The sound is really good and I am enjoying playing with the settings. There is a slight background hum but I suspect this is due to EMI background.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 27 January 2014
Lovely little amp. Sounds sweet, and far louder than you'd expect. I was going to buy the smaller HT-1R but taking advice and listening to the Blackstar HT-5R decided to get the 5watt model instead. Really pleased I did.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 07 December 2013
Awesome amp that I exchanged a blues junior for. Far more versatile and I'm very impressed with the cleans. Fantastic build quality and vintage appearance. Really liking the blackstar products right now. I'm usually a fender man but it's worth a change. You won't regret it.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 26 September 2013
Really happy with this little amp. Perfect for my needs.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 16 September 2013
Going from a Marshall mg100dfx to this... The sound is mind blowing
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 26 August 2013
This is a great amp, great tone and not so loud that my neighbours need to complain. The effects loop is really handy for plugging in my POD HD400. I was looking at getting the 1watt, thanks to Andertons for getting me to try the 5w combo as the added features, fx loop and eq, are a real plus. The only negative I can find is that with the gain on max it still lacks a bit of punch if your are after a saturated metal sound. This can be overcome by running a distortion effect in the front of the amp. I guess the HT5 Metal is aimed more at this (if they ever release it). Overall though this is a fantastic amp
Craig | Purchase date: 03 June 2013
I first thought about buying one of the HT5 amps around three years ago when I traded up to my dream guitar (a Gibson ES339 which I also bought from Andertons). In the time between then and now I have spent money on multi-effects units, individual stomp boxes and DAW plugins all in the search of that elusive tone that I felt my guitar should be giving me. Most of the time I played my guitar unplugged because the tone I got that way was just more pleasing to my ears than the one I got through my other equipment. Eventually I bit the bullet and ordered myself the Blackstar HT5R combo from Andertons which arrived a couple of days later. Now I had read a million reviews online and watched every YouTube video I could find with a HT5 in it but until you are sat next to one of these beautiful beasts you cannot get the full picture. My guitar through this amp sounds absolutely gorgeous on the clean channel and frankly scary on the overdrive channel. This amp is loud! I live in a semi-detached house and I couldn't have the volume up full without seriously annoying my neighbours, luckily though even at really low volumes the tones that this thing produces are awesome and if you really want to go for it late at night the emulated output sounds fantastic. As all good tube amps should this one reacts to picking dynamics and tweaking of the guitar volume pot wonderfully, giving a lovely bit of crunch when picked hard or on higher volume settings, cleaning up beautifully with a quick twist of the volume knob or light touch with the pick. Apart from the amazing tones that can be coaxed from this amp... It looks badass! The build quality is impressive and for such a small amp this things weighs a ton. I really do wish I had bought this amp when I first thought about it instead of wasting my money on the effects units because with just a guitar and this amp I can get any tone I want. Blackstar have a slogan which I really didn't want to refer to but "The Sound In Your Head" is exactly what this amp has given me. Thank you Andertons and thank you Blackstar, I'll be back for more from both of you!
John | Purchase date: 16 March 2013
Best amp for the price, looks, sound, control. Even has a switch to select headphones only so you can leave them plugged in. Sound when turned up is very clean
Gareth | Purchase date: 23 January 2013
Excellent band for buck and then some! Firstly this amp is more that adequate for jamming in the bedroom and with the introduction of the 12" speaker it really has a full sound. I also have a HT stage 60 and i can use the HT5 footswitch to change voicings on OD2 on the stage 60 :)
The HT5 repondes extremely well to changes in guitar volume.
Lukas | Purchase date: 08 January 2013
This little beast is the king of low wattage amps. Hands down. It has got warm vintage clean and bright sparkly fendery clean sounds. the drive channel is just outstanding anything from Blues to full on Metal sound. Recording options are amazing with the emulated out. Reverb is just a fantastic natural sounding one. and ISF control gives you way to go anywhere from UK to USA. AMAZING amp!!
Chris | Purchase date: 08 October 2012
Just what I wanted. I had a 30 watt Laney. Way too loud for the bedroom. The 5 watt Blackstar is still loud. I play it at about 1.5 on the volume control, 5 on the gain, dirty channel. I still have to back it off on the guitar's volume control. I love the tone. You can balance it so the way you hit the strings brings out the distortion or leaves it clean. And it's as warm and rich as a villa in Tuscany. Not that I've been there.
Chris | Purchase date: 03 July 2012
I read many reviews on the Blackstar HT5R in Guitar Magazines and Online and
have to say the Amp lives up to its reputation.
Its a superb practice/small gigging Amp. The Clean channel is nice and sparkly,
somewhere between a Vox and Fender (to my ears) and the Overdrive has enough gain for Blues/Rock to Metal, so its tonal palette is very versatile.
The Digital Reverb is surprisingly very good and with the Emulated Out, MP3/Line IN,headphone socket and foot switch, it has enough extras to push it into the 5 star rating I'm giving it.
Build quality is very good, looks rugged enough to chuck in back of car for gigs/practice.
Service from Andertons was excellent and they actually used a decent courier. to deliver to my house.
I had a few questions on Amp and Andertons responded within 24 hours.
Only negative (Blackstar) is that Amp could come with a cover and a more detailed manual but only small niggles in what is overall a excellent product.
Buy one now..from Andertons
Brian | Purchase date: 05 May 2012
Everything you could ever want from a small practice valve amp. Goos clean tone - great crunch channel, foot pedal & effects loop - great service from Andertons as always (thanks Lewis) - now to hook up my HD500
Geoff | Purchase date: 03 March 2012
A great little amp that for its size packs a real punch and depth of sound - built to a very high standard. The amp and the dials/switches ooze quality and you know it's going to last.
My only slight niggle is the instructions aren't that detailed for someone who is just starting out so there's a little a bit of trial and error until you get the sound you're after.
Julian | Purchase date: 29 September 2011
Had to wait for this as it was out of stock.....but well worth it!! Read all the reviews, and sort of took them with a pinch of salt as they gushed about how good this is. But they are right. This amp is amazing. The clean channel can now be adjust separately with its own tone pot, and the lead sounds are stunning. Even if you just want a bluesy crunch with the gain almost down to minimum it sings!! I have other small valve combos but this beats them all - no contest. I cannot recommend this enough!
Mr. Dragoljub Nesic | Purchase date: 11 July 2011
The amplifier sounds superb. I am not a guitarist myself (more of a piano person) but all in the household noticed a huge difference once my son started playing on the Blackstar as compared to his previous cheapo amplifier. The sound is rich, the overdrive excellent so Sweet child o' mine sounds like it should...
In terms of the service from Andertons, it was excllent - prompt delivery and robust packaging.
Chris | Purchase date: 10 June 2011
Bought this amp to replace my line 6 spider as I could not find the sound I was looking for amongst the hundreds of presets (it's just too techy).
I usually try out any new equipment at the shop before I buy but I was so impressed with the vid that Chappers and the Captain posted on YouTube that I decided to upgrade.
I'm not a great guitar player by any means but the noise that this thing makes when combined with my Epi Les Paul ZW custom + is just awesome. I even find myself using the clean channel which is unheard of.
I cannot recommend this amp enough.
Mr. Silverton | Purchase date: 10 June 2011
This is a lovely amp with superb build quality and full, warm valve tones - all the way from clean/sparkly to heavily overdriven. And it's loud too. Perfect for practice, rehearsals and small gigs. It even comes with a footswitch to switch between normal and overdrive channels -unlike most other amps I've looked at and used in the past, where the footswitch had to be bought separately. The on-board reverb is adequate rather than blinding - but it's a nice addition to previous models which did not have built in reverb, saving you having to cart that extra pedal around. The only downside is the positioning of the inputs for headphones, emulated speaker output (which sounds fantastic, by the way) MP3 input etc. These are awkwardly placed at the back and can be fiddly to get to. No doubt this compromise helped keep the cost down and I'd say that this quality of amp is fantastic value for money so it was worth it.
Overall, I'm delighted with it.