Blackstar Amplification HT-1RH
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HT-1RH, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-1 series.

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iamqman 07/26/2011

Blackstar Amplification HT-1RH : iamqman's user review

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This is agreat up and coming amp company. The have successfully taking a huge niche in the market over the last few years. They have made great sounding fantastically priced amps for the masses. Th Blackstar has effectively used a great design as well as superb marketing which has enabled them to produce a great quality and sounding amplifiers. Many touring and professional artists all over the globe are now turning towards Blackstar for their guitar amplifier needs.

A 1 watt amp...this is madness,and being in a head form is even more maddening. This is just a crazy amp for being only one watt. This amp has two channels which is another killer feat on its own but giving it a speaker simulated output for live plugging into the house PA system or recording session, this amp has is all, with 99 watts less power.

UTILIZATION

* Innovative 1 Watt valve combo
* 1xECC83 and 1xECC82
* Unique push-pull power amp design
* Based on award winning HT-5
* Two channels
* External Speaker Output
* Reverb

* Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
* Perfect for studio or practice
* Speaker emulated output
* Stereo MP3 / Line input
* External speaker output



SOUNDS

How do they continue to do it? To pump out an amp that has one watt of power and to do it with all of these features is just crazy. This little head has such and unbelievable tone and overall color that it just makes you happy hearing the notes strum out of your guitar. This amp has a the award winning HT-5 preamp design and that tone is just awesome! You can get a great clean tone from the first channel but also click over to the drive channel and this little single watter amp come to life.

The clean toe is nice solid fluid tone. The ISF control knob is another cool feature. This depending on how you dial it in gives you better control over the voicing of the amp. So you can get a more blended American tone or a more British flavored tone or a mix of the both. It is a cool little feature that is exclusive to Blackstar amplification.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in right at around $250, which is a heck of a price. To get a single watt two channel amp under $300 is very impressive. I would recommend this amp to anyone who need a great sounding practice and amp needs or wants two channels. You can record very efficiently with these amps and practice at very low volumes as well.