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

benito.b 05/09/2013

Blackstar Amplification HT-1R : benito.b's user review

«  The perfect little amp work lamp »
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Tube amp (ECC83 + ECC82) HP8 ', 2 channels, Gain, Volume, ISF (Tone) and emulated output Reverb + + + mp3 input line 8 ohms speaker output.

UTILIZATION

Setup could not be easier. The only thing to "know" is the ISF is an equalizer from a typed his American sound british. For the rest, one branch, we play! Very easy to get a good sound, really good design!

SOUNDS

I was looking for a tube amp work to play in an apartment and I must say that I have exactly what I wanted. I hesitated with the Vox AC4TV but this little Blackstar offers a range of its larger and more diverse.
This gives a real clean at any volume when the gain is less than half, but we can do cruncher playing on the gain (crunch good way!). It can also be cruncher low volume still on the clean channel as the gain affects the volume (gain> 3/4 volume to want ...). In addition, by adjusting the volume of the guitar, a clean one goes crunch in a jiffy!
The overdrive channel is very good too. I personally use the first three quarters (after it's too much for me). Saturation clean. A great strength of this amp.
The ISF is a good achievement for me: intelligent equalizer with a single knob. All right (british) is approached vox sound and everything is left on the marshall register.
The reverb is more significant for a small amp as well progressive.
The emulated output provides a really nice sound to the headset, the stereo is well respected. Really damn good! In addition, it can plug into a sound card to record computer ...
I did not try to connect it to a speaker at the moment.

Note that I tested for the Fender Telecaster (Baja) with micro simple handle and double (DiMarzio) in the bridge now. The amp responds well with both simple as double.

OVERALL OPINION

Perfect for work at home with his lamps amp. Sounds like a promotion, but that's exactly it. It was the sound of the lamps and the amp responds perfectly.

You can do low volume cruncher which to me essential for a working amp. Both channels are very good, the sound palette is more than good thanks to the influence of the gain and the ISF.

The emulated output is really damn good and very convenient as the line input.

I would do without hesitation that choice, I will not easily get tired of this little monster. For the price (especially Cygnus') really worth it.