Blackstar HT-5R Combo Review
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Straight from the list of the best guitar amps for beginners and intermediate players, the Blackstar HT-5R has been getting well deserved praise since its release a couple of years ago. This 5-watt full tube amplifier is one of the best you can buy right now at the price point of less than $500. It is also my favorite amplifier that I personally own and I don’t think that I will ever need another amplifier for my purposes.
Blackstar HT-5 R Combo Features
The Blackstar HT5-R features two- foot switchable channels, built in reverb, Speaker emulated output with 1×12 or 4×12 voicing, a separate volume control for both clean and crunch channels, and the patented ISF feature. The amplifier does come with a foot switch to switch from clean to gain channels. My foot switch does not properly work currently, but I did get my amplifier secondhand. The ISF feature allows you to have a certain tone. It allows you to switch between an American sounding amp and a British sounding amp. This amplifier also has emulated output features which include a place to plug your headphones in. The jack isn’t a normal 3.5mm but you can get and adapter and be totally silent.
Pros of the Blackstar HT-5 R Combo
This amp might only be 5 watts but it is not quiet by any means, this amp can get pretty loud. I never put the volume on my amp above 8 o’clock because it is pretty loud and I definitely don’t need it to be that loud. If I cranked my amp up all the way, my whole floor would be able to hear me play. I would be confident in using this amp in a small setting like a bar.
One of the best features of this guitar amp is the separate volume control. A lot of tube amps have one master volume control that also controls gain, so for you to have full gain on the sound of the guitar you have to crank up the amp as loud as it can go. The separate gain and volume controls are a very handy feature of this guitar amp. A lot of tube amps don’t have this feature.
Another great thing is the emulated output headphone jack. This allows you to make absolutely no noise at all to the outside world, but all the noise in the world to yourself. It is great as a bedroom amp because of this. You don’t need to disturb anybody when you play and if there are distractions going on around you, you don’t need to hear them. Nothing can stop you when you have your headphones connected to your amp and you’re playing your heart away.
Cons of the Blackstar HT-5R Combo
I don’t have any complaints about this amp. I did mention earlier that my foot switch pedal does not properly work, but again my amplifier was second hand.
The Blackstar HT5-R combo is one of the best amps money can buy, and it’s only $500.
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