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The HT-5R takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb as used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. The HT-5R guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel, a custom designed 12" speaker and stereo reverb...
The HT-5R takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb as used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. The HT-5R guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel, a custom designed 12" speaker and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.
The world of budget tube amps is so crowded now that it can be hard to find a gem. Thankfully, Blackstar has their wonderful HT-5 to do the trick. It is among the most versatile tube amps in its price class, having boutiquey cleans, British crunch, and American blues tones all in the same package. Many amps can claim to do this sort of thing, but very few have the quality in their tone that the HT-5 has. It has a tone that can work well with all types of pickups in all types of guitars. I find it especially shines with single coils and low output humbuckers, as it doesn't color the tone more than necessary and allows the nuances of the player to shine through.
This is a 2 channel (clean and dirty, very standard) 1x12 combo with a bloody massive sound and all the goodies a beginner or a professional needs, for example, an effects loop, an extension cab plug in and a footswitch (for the channels) input. The amp has a decent digital reverb which goes from subtle to surf, the ISF feature is great, it is basically a master tone control that changes the style of amp the combo is going to sound like, i prefer british (all the way to the right) but your mileage may vary. The reason why I give this amp 4 stars and not 5 is because it is bloody heavy, which i imagine isn't great for certain people, the inputs at the back, for the footswitch and power etc are really hard to reach, and the control panel gets very dusty, but other than that, the sound is a complete 5/5 and the head would probably be better, but the combo is still great!
Two of my friends have it. Yes it has lots of built in effects, but that's nothing really new with digital amps. What makes this one special is it's tone. Very clear tone at any channel, over any effect pedal. I used my Electro Harmonix Big Muff with my friend's Blackstar a couple of times instead of my Line 6. You would not believe the difference. Pretty good amp, also very curious to hear an analog delay over it's crunch channel.
One thing that may surprise you is that it doesn't have drive, bass, mid, treble knobs. How they got away with that is, they made two channels for each tone: clean warm-clean bright, crunch-super crunch (they probably messed around with drive and bass there), overdrive 1-overdrive 2 etc. So if you're that fruity guy who wants very precisely customised tone, that's one downside for you. The amp overall is pretty good.