These small Blackstar amps are great for home and recording. This is an updated HT-5 from the early one I have had for some time. The early HT-5C had a 10-inch speaker, no digital reverb and no tone control for clean channel. The newer one has a slightly different circuit. Pretty versatile little amp.



Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • Innovative 5 watt tube combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes (UPGRADED 1xECC83 with JJ Electronics)
  • 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 1×12 or 4×12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included

Introduced in late 2008 and was designed in the UK by Blackstar, a company started by ex-Marshall engineers and manufactured in korea. It is a very feature rich amp for the price and wattage. It is all valve (5 watts), a 12xA7 in the preamp and a curious 12bh7 dual triode valve in the power section that operates in a push pull configuration whatever that means, packing 2 channels (Clean & Overdrive), black tolex covering, rear mounted gnarled chrome knobs, semi open backed cabinet, a 12-inch speaker, shared EQ, standby Switch, FX loop that is switchable to suit either stompboxes or rack mounted effects, footswitch input, 8 & 16 ohm extension speaker output, emulated headphone line out with a 4X12 or 1X12 voicing Switch and of course the much vaunted ISF (Infinate shape feature) control. This comes in the form of a knob that when turned clockwise gives a amp a more british character (woody and dark) in the style of a Marshall and when turned counter clockwise gives the amp a a more american character (more bright and cutting with a mid cut) in the style of a Fender or Mesa Boogie. The amp also comes with a footswitch supplied.

This amp at only 5 watts can be quite loud in a house. I generally use this amp with a Weber Attenuator at home. The amp is big enough for rehearsals and gigs. With a loud drummer and it will probably need miking. Anyway pretty versatile, small and light.