Blackstar Amplification HT-5C

HT-5C, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-5 series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 32 reviews )
 15 reviews47 %
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 2 reviews6 %
 1 user review3 %
Value For Money : Excellent

iamqman's review"Absolutely awesome!"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
This is one beast of an amp for being only 5 watts. This amp comes with two channels, one being dedicated to a clean tone that give some volume can produce a solid classic rock dirty tone, and a distortion channel that can get very beefy and thick.

The interesting thing about this amp is the ISF control knob that acts sort of like a voicing knob. Helps shape the tone in interesting ways.


Blackstar HT-5 Tube Combo Amplifier Features:

* 5-watt tube combo
* 1 x ECC83 and 1 x 12BH7 tubes
* Unique push-pull power amp design
* HT Pedal preamp
* 2 footswitchable channels
* 10" Celestion speaker
* Enhanced tone controls

* Patent-applied-for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
* Fully equipped for studio or practice
* Speaker-emulated output with 1 x 12" or 4 x 12" voicing
* Effects loop with effects level switch
* Footswitch included


I like this amp with just about any guitar you decide to throw at it. I particularly like this amp with a solid Gibson Les Paul. I feel that the two were fit for each other. It seems like perhaps the builder of this amp voicing the amp towards the Les Paul because the tones of it are just flat out amazing!

The clean channel is very good and very reminiscent of an old Fender deluxe amp. When You crank up the volume you get a great classic rock tone ala AC/DC or Led Zeppelin.

The emulated speaker output is kind of weak in my opinion. It doesn't sound that great compared to speaker that's inside the amp


Overall this is a very solid amp for the money. At new these amps come in at around $400, which isn't a bad price for this high quality amplifier. I would recommend this amp to anyone who wants a great sounding tube amp that doesn't want to pay an arm and a leg to get one. This is a great amp to record with and and excellent amp to practice with in the home or office.

nickname009's review"The best low watt all tube amp out there today!!"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
All tube 5 watt
2 footswitchable channels clean and dirty
1 12ax7/ECC83, 1 12BH7 power tube
FX loop w/ +4dBV or -10dBV
Emulated headphone/DI output w/cab switch
Clean: volume
Dirty: Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, ISF (infinite shape feature)

I give it a 9 for features since the clean only has a volume knob.


Everything at noon already sounds great! The ISF knob is very dynamic and can sweep the midrange from a saturated marshall to a scooped boogie-like tone.

It really doesn't get any simpler than this. The clean has a single volume knob, while the dirty channel has your basic EQ controls with the added ISF. The EQ is passive and very usable.

The headphone/speaker out mutes the speaker for silent recording once it's plugged in.

The FX loop is located on the lower back of the amp, simple to use with the +4dbV/-10dbV switch for either rack effects or guitar effects like pedals.

The footswitch is a single button switch to change between clean and dirty channels.

Overall very simple to use and you can achieve great sounds in a matter of seconds!


As you read this you should know that these are my observations based plugging straight through. Playing the amp as is. I do not judge equipment based on adding/using external effects, it's just unfair that way.

Clean: Very usable and decent. Though there is only one knob for the volume so the tone is completely dependent on your guitar. If you crank it, it begins to break up and can get up to that ac/dc crunch.

Dirty: Very nice! Has enough gain on tap to get metallica tones. Great for blues or rock in general. if you want to get a death metal sound, it's not gonna happen without a boost. the ISF knob is a good tool to shape the midrange to how you'd want it, tight and scooped or saturated and 'bouncy' as I like to call it.

Headphone/DI out: This is hard to judge as most DI outs on amps never actually sound any good, they're too buzzy. This one is not buzzy at all, but more like, it's too smooth. The midrange flies out and thickens the sound which is good, but there isn't enough presence to make the emulated out sound convincing.

Picking dynamics are heard through the amp, the gain also cleans up well with the volume knob on your guitar.


I think this is one of the better low watt tube practice amps out there. Comparing this to the Tweaker and the Class 5, I walked out with the HT-5.

The Class 5 was limited in features, while the Tweaker had tons of features but wasn't foot-switchable and sounded boxy! The HT-5 fit just right. The ex-marshall engineers definitely thought this one out well. Yes it's made in Korea which shouldn't deter anybody as everybody knows the QC in Korea is GREAT. Just try out any Korean-made guitar!

I give the overall rating a 8. One point due to the clean channel being limited with just one knob, and the DI not sounding that great. In my opinion, DI outputs are the one of the most ignored things for amp makers. So why put one in? And if you put one in, why not try to make it sound convincing? Though most of them are not usable. The HT-5 is a stepping stone to hopefully one day, finding a GREAT DI out in an amp.

jacqn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Helpful"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
Enough said
Very complete the connection level, headphone useful


Yes, it's easy to get a good sound, provided it is suitable for what you want
For me, it's almost tjs on boosted channel


I play blues, rock and electro-rock and with suitable
Played with guitars equipped with HB, with its saturated, it's powerful - it can not even pull badly if pushed
he readily accepts modulation pedals, it goes already less with TS9


Because of my purchase: I repeat (blues, blues-rock) once / week on the 2nd floor of an old house (very high stairs) and 1x week in a tiny cellar (electro-rock)
Briefly, lugging my Blackheart HT15 was impossible, and do not talk about my stack ENGL :)
suddenly I went on a small 5W who could help me in again and I came across this cheap Blackstar
I do not regret the choice, what I in fact it works very well
however, it is far from the feel of an all-tube as Blackheart, lots more natural and organic and accepts pedals much better boost and OD
it is also very convenient to record using the headphone output
in short, everything depends on the use: it is a good amp, practical, lightweight, which take up space and not powerful, but I could not satisfy me to live for when I play the blues, it's too steep why

element1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good amp for 5W"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
Amp 5W lamps.
Two lamps, one 12AX7 (ECC83) preamp and 12BH7 power.
Celestion GT10N40.
Outputs 1x8 and 2x16 Ohm Ohm.

Traditional setting of an amp, except that it has a TFR setting with sounds rather American or English.

Bass, Mid, Treble, common to both channels.


Super simple setup, very clear manual, at the same time no 300 buttons, plug, turn the volume and go.

The amp comes with a footswitch to switch from clear channel saturation.

You can easily find the desired sound, settings respond well, and the ISF is a little something that allows a rather flat side and American English side much brighter sound.


The sound works well in all my style considering it stops at the Hard Rock.
Playing the Maiden, Metallica, Green Day, Guns and others made with the amp is more than correct.
The power is impressive for a 5W.
As on many amps, it depends on the material with which we play.
I play it with two guitars:
- A Washburn X200 Pro-e with EMG.
- A Gibson Explorer with Seymour Duncan.
The audio is completely dispute with two guitars, I need a lot more bass with EMG, the sound is so clean light that saturated the sound is excellent.
The cleans sound with Gibson are fine, at least for me they suit my style of music (I have not tried a multitude of amp difficult to compare).

To play metal, the saturation of the amplifier is not enough.
I acquired a Okko Dominator and there you can clearly see the difference.
I also changed very quickly lamp preamp with a Tung Sol and the change in sound was radical, more heat and power. Next step change in the power tube.

In the end we can all play with this amp, except metal. It still lacks a reverb in this amp that would have given him a big plus, but is present on the HT5-R.


I use it for only two years at home.
The power is more than enough for the home.
Before I had to Marshall Valvestate series transistors, this is my first tube amp, you feel much compared to the contribution of these lamps on the Blackstar.
Excellent value for money, it would have been perfect with a reverb and further saturation.
With this rate, do not expect either the sound of a Marshall stack to a lesser volume as shown in the manual. For the price it is very good, it does its job.
Like any amp or guitar, going to try, each with its own idea of ​​the sound they want.
With hindsight I would have taken either HT5R for reverb, or is the HT Studio 20, but I do not regret buying the HT5 that enough for me for now.

cj0875's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I wanted a small lamp ..."

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
all this was a topic I have the combo version with 10 inch greenback emulated output, effects loop, no reverb


a good snooze fifteen times with a strat Jimie Vaughan in a register cover pop rock (U2, greenday, cure, nada surf ...) I put a ToneLab SE (with amp simulation off) in the loop and a Biyang TS like in boost.

issue no power problem drummer had a battery on the electronic sound I never exceeded the volume and gain a half to a quarter on the lead channel the clean channel has 13 hours max

I may be like to have an additional 10 inch cab I like the sound if I m ^ ca broadcasts more "directive" that my aure 12 amps


THERE are a ton of magic in this box,
the clean is a bof dry without an effect on ts left to play to boost knob and you find the character, a slight reverb transcends but otherwise have to spit in the hand to make it "glittered"

the lead channel is very very well but settling a crunch is a dillemme with all these knobs because the isf is very effective but the EQ allows you to refine in brief never tamper with a single knob without touching the other and you grope til find what you seek but must take the time to know what you want.

It sounds great it is especially a nice preamp, I plug in a time loop with the ToneLab plug into a Tech 21 Power Engine 60: the lead with the gain to settle quarter coat in the first third of its travel guitar and settle in a light mod delay stereo sounded fabulous and this without the edge .... Buzz is you the


Complete ring of hell (try a buddy with the emg Hz I put all afon and isf Rican side ... the slap o) super versatile
Prtic not back down connectors, knob unreadable in the dark ...
Very directional in the diffusion
We can not rproché him but sometimes it's hard to find the right adjustment because of its versatility especially in groups but if you have to change color you turn the sound isf, I tested with another guitarist in 3 sec c 'practice was settle ...
I preferred the gain knob is more progressive because it beyond the half I did not use sound with as much gain.
Okaz seen its price it is a very good buy, if it was a remake version I will head with reverb and tone on the clean channel and separate cab.
The output is emulated but with headphones I préfre the sim vox and marshall my Tonelab has a mixer trvers berhingher like what?
roll mops02/01/2012

roll mops's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good amp for home"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
2 channels, footswitch, effects loop, standby, ISF + 3bandes EQ, headphone + line
HP celestion 10pouces


Easy to use. common to the two-channel equalization and effective LAI.

Clean very clean, well served by distortion gain.
the amp is very tolerant facade pedals (distortion, OD, chorus, delay) but also in the loop (chorus, delay, volume pedal)

the manual is dispenssable. ISF is nice to find the grain but once set, it is left over. Home was: Bass: 4h; medium: 11 am; trebles: 10 am and ISF: 1 hour

are the 5W's. it is the power a little Battard. too tight for group play and too hard to play alone in the apartment. Especially the clean remains clean longer (it starts to bend 3 / 4 volume with double!). Personally, I used it with a volume pedal in the loop for the "curb" in half
I regretted the abscence of reverb but that's all it lacks


Clean very right. lacks a little personality. You can feel the difference with a transistor, but it is not America!

I regretted it but not easily crunch the 2nd channel is here for!
In drive, it goes quickly and generously saturating the gain at 10. So to the crunch, have to be picky.

However, for the distortion is made for that. Very clean and good headroom. throughout the 80's hard to pass. it is rather rare for a 5w.

Were very low back (mainly because of the HP 10 "), you instead turn to version 12"


I kept it for over a year. I had time to go around but he filled until I buy an amp for double the price.

So I would say this amp a formidable force for complete beginners or home enthusiasts disto thick.

the quality / features / price is unbeatable as usual, for less than € 400, must choose between the effects loop and headphone jack, a 2nd channel and an HP celestion, an EQ and a standby ...

In short, it lacks the reverb, gain a range of more subtle and a 12 "to be perfect

lam_da's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good portable amp"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
Rglage Canal Clean:
- Volume

Rglage Overdrive Channel:
- Gain
- Volume

Rglage common
- Low / Medium / High

Effects loop with select between two levels of.

Output for the CAB in 8 or 16ohm


Easily obtained a good sound.

But for me there is a problem:

It just EHJV by 2 channels with volume and legalization common uncommon.
The clean channel (nice Clean) is difficult unless crunchable pushed back, it will need a good boost in front.
The Overdrive channel can sound like a good crunch Arian rglage with lower gain.

So for someone who changes rgulirement channel, it will adjust every time the volume level between the two channels.
For someone who never moves the volume will not pose a problem. But for others who often change the volume quickly becomes a heavy!

In addition, the TFR common 2-channel is so-so if you want a rglage diffrent between channels.


It sounds much more trs.

Clean the trs is beautiful, with the legalization and the ISF we get something that flat, but it will be difficult crunchable.

Overdrive is gnial, Arian has sounds with harmonics enjoyable.

Mode distortion is not bad, could be a better with a Cab certainly. I'll try with a good distortion in between guitar and if not in a good prampli Return.


For my part, I think I change my pdalier to add a prampli with other effects directly in the Return.
It's a shame to reach the section above the prampli coupled power section gives Crunches super INTERESTED.

And this is good because of the fact that the two channels are in the volume indpendants BUT dpendants legalization of same. It bte ...

It sounds very low and higher volume, it is for me a little more flexible than the HT1, if you count it out from time to time from home.

Despite the default, I do it again this choice, because it has good sound and is transportable. The problem of use are not rdhibitoires, you just rflchir how you want the best use. J'espre have my rponse using a good prampli.

supertitite1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
5 tube amp w
A 2-channel a clear distortion
effects loop
3-band EQ
emulated output out h'phone


config so easy
no need for manual
the clean sound is crunchy fast if you push the volume, the distortion is great for any type of rock blues ... setting allows ISF to sound more British or American


I play with a Gibson SG and I think it sounds terrible, the only downside is that it is almost too powerful so I always use a low to moderate volumes, it's amazing the power of 5W!


I have over the past year, I board a little transistor Marshall but I prefer this one, it lacks a CD input, MP3, that's all.

I do not know if I would not prefer the 1W that just came out, but it's just because the sound is too hefty ...

Kountch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good amp for the home"

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
All-tube amp with two channels, 5W.
Clean channel: volume
Overdrive channel: gain and volume
Parameters common to both channels: low, mid, treble, ISF
Guitar input, headphone jack (with speaker emulation 12 "or 4x12"), effects loop, and standby power.
Speaker 10 ".
Note the absence of gain on the clean channel and the small size of the HP ...
The EQ common to both channels do not mind personal, for those who want two separate settings, this amp is not suitable.


Amp very easy to use: you set the gain of the overdrive and the two volumes, the EQ is adjusted and go ...
I use it exclusively at home and power is more than enough to me to make rehearsals (I barely passed the quarter of the volume knob in wanting to make the walls vibrate a little ...).


The clean sound is very good (you can feel the heat lamps) and complies with the various sounds of each guitar.
The distorted sound is very good also, we go from crunch to saturation correct to play rock or metal (not to nag too much either).
The distorted sound of the amp can differentiate each note played, which changes most distos I tried my old amp or transistor (which is often made by pushing the draft saturation).
The ISF can qualify the sounds (but does not in my opinion a "real" Marshall's a "real" the Mesa), say it's an equalizer setting that provides additional interesting variations.
When you push a little volume with distortion, the sound tends to be acute (perhaps due to the small size of HP), equalization must be reviewed.
The headphone jack is helpful but I much prefer the sound of the amp (the sound to the headset has a more cold in my opinion).


I was looking for a little amp for a while its lamp at home (ie correct small or very small volume) and for that this amp is perfect.
It offers two channels and a range of saturation from crunch to distortion what I was looking too.
The only downside would be to note the absence of gain on the clean channel (which can not "crunch").
Now if I had my choice again, I probably would lean to the version that offers some improvements HT5R (HP 12 "and reverb).

kasimir.phunk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Blackstar Amplification HT-5C
everything has been said

I put an 8 because I liked the clean EQUAL see a master to play on the gain


it's plug and play, but we just do a lot of adjustment. playable was very low in volume and possible repeat hyper practice, its lights off without paper roll my old neighbor!

has noted that the effects loop is broken feet. the level is too low bcp crunch channel which makes the effects very little while in this clean, it explodes, damages, he must make a choice, set for saturated or clean. I think it's almost unusable on stage.


The HP is the biggest weakness of this combo ... I was very satisfied with the distortion but the cleans are not good
I replaced the hp by a greenback in 10 "and the recess ....

well it sounds much better, although I was expecting a bigger difference still. HP said it rode and it gets really good

I found the clean and very loud low medium, there are more mellow. crystalline but not aggressive, balanced, we gain really. At the same time considering the price of the dish it is better

I also think that this respect is very guitar amp, which is very surprising, Ma Lp sounds fatter than my Axis split which gives a color micro stratabound but slamming side. and my Start, bah what is a Start ...


I qq months since I play at least one hour per day, I still find it expensive especially as the HP original sounding very much on the little Orange is not really a party but thanks to my DIY j 'm very satisfied. However I do not know if I would do this choice, I would take more time to try other stuff