Blackstar Amplification HT-1R

HT-1R, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-1 series.

damsssssss 02/21/2013

Blackstar Amplification HT-1R : damsssssss's user review

«  A small lamp that hides his game .. »

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Using ultra simple, minimalist settings. Pallets with proper sound ISF even if it's not worth a real EQ 2 or 3 bands.
You can easily find the types of sounds the most common.


I want to clarify that I used mainly as a head amp connected to two 12-inch celesion hp old and I play an SG with two P90. I do not use very rarely 8 inch internal HP because if it can help when traveling, we must admit that the sound that comes out is far better to give this little 1W. This is simply the day and night when you plug it into a cab (2x12 in my case) or the quality and volume are then available tenfold. Even at low volume there is no photo. After playing discreetly I recommend using a good headphone and there with the stereo reverb, the sound is really immersive. However, the headphones the sound is synthetic but the quality of the stereo reverb decorates enormously rendering. The headphone jack can also play on an amp or register HIFI stereo.

I play a little of everything from blues, rock, pop-rock, a little old hard rock, punk rock and I find its usually pretty clear and correct especially in very nice crunch for blues or rock. The true sound of lamps, with the progressive saturation of the grain very soft.

The single register or TFR shows its limits is highly crystalline sound on because you can not push the treble, however you can have fun in the register of jazz but using the tone knob on the guitar .


I use it for 2 months now and I am generally satisfied (given the prices used).
My previous amps: an old Marshall Valvestate 2 * 40W cab which I use now with this cable:
Roland cube xl and 40w more versatile but I use less and months as the effects it's nice and modeling correct but the crunch and saturated nothing beats lamps. What is amazing is that in terms of the volume 1W lamp connected to 2 hp 12 inch seems as powerful as the cube 40w. hp and 10 inches.

Compared to most other small lamps:
- Input for MP3 backing tracks (stereo headphones)
- Outpout emulated output (high-quality stereo reverb)
- 4-8-16 ohm output to use head and have a real good sound.
- Manufacturing quality and the look.

- The HP 8 inches nasal and saturates quickly enough amount sound.
- No footswitch
- The volume between two different channels depending on the gain setting.
- No real equalizer.

Tip: If you try to store take a headphone with you and ask to plug it into a cab (1x12, 2x12 or 4x12!)