Blackstar Amplification HT-5RH

HT-5RH, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-5 series.

Public price: $479 VAT
iamqman 07/26/2011

Blackstar Amplification HT-5RH : iamqman's user review


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Blackstar has made a huge splash on the amp world in recent years. They have made great sounding fantastically priced amps for the masses. The price is what is so amazing to me. The amp sounds so very good and to keep their prices for a multi-channel combo like this under $1000 is remarkable. 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. The have successfully taking a huge niche in the market over the last few years.

This amp is a 5 watt amp that has a push pull power amp section, two switchable channels, and great sounding emulated speaker output great for recording straight into a session. This is the same feature wise as the combo but just in a head version.


HT-5RH Head


The HT-5RH is a head version of the HT-5R combo. With all the same great features and tone it's compact and portable, and more than capable of driving a 4x12!

This award winning guitar amp is fully equipped for the studio or practice and features stereo reverb, enhanced tone controls and a speaker emulated output.

* Innovative 5 Watt valve head
* 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 valves
* Unique push pull power amp design
* Award winning HT Pedal preamp
* Two footswitchable channels
* Enhanced tone controls
* Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)

* Digital Stereo Reverb
* Fully equipped for studio or practice
* Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
* Effects loop with effects level switch
* Footswitch included
* Cool vintage styling


This amp is such a work of art that it is receiving many people to come to Blackstar as a whole and check out their entire line of amps. They seem to be signing new artists to their endorsement list on a daily basis. The have such a great set of amps that this one first on very nicely on the low watt all tube amp combos. This little amp has a fantastic clean tone that chimy and sparkles all the way up the guitar's volume pot.

This amp is the same tonally as the combo version but just in a head. The clean is a must hear channel but this thing lives in the distortion channel. You can roll off the by gain and distortion rolling down you volume and get a nice sparkling clean that rivals any Fender amp that I have ever heard. You get a creamy lush gain that is British in flavor but its ow wonderful color of overdrive.


At new these amps come in right at around $399, which is a steal of a price. You can't get a whole lot for that money but you can get a nice sounding all tube amplifier from Blackstar. This is a two channel dream amp for someone wanting to step into the tube amp world. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good practice amp that sounds huge at low volumes. You will need a speaker cabinet to go along with this head.