Blackstar HT-5RS Mini StackStock code: 64805
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- Innovative 5 Watt valve head
- Two 1 x 12" Celestion speaker cabinets
- Two footswitchable channels
- Digital reverb
- Fully equipped for studio or practice
- Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
- Effects loop with effects level switch
- Footswitch included
The Blackstar HT-5RS is an all valve, 5-watt, 2-channel amplifier with a built in effects loop and a digital reverb. This amp is ideal for bedroom and studio use.
The Blackstar HT-5RS is the groundbreaking 5-watt amp from UK based Blackstar amplification. Powered by 1x 12BH7 Power amp valve and 1x ECC83 Preamp valve, these tubes give the amp plenty of overdrive and voiced in a bright and clear tone. A great feature of this amp is the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), which changes the characteristics of the amps tone. Over to the left and you are in American amplifier territory, famous for the old Fender tweeds and twin amps. Turn the dial all the way to the right and you are firmly in the sonic world of Marshall type amplifiers, of course you can dial in anywhere in between these two to create unique tones from the amplifier. Another cool feature is the different voicing's for the DI out, if you are recording straight into the desk or an interface you can change between 1x12" or 4x12" emulations. This amp also sounds great in bigger cabs, try the HT-5RS through a 4x12" cab and you'll be amazed at how deep and colourful the tone is. The addition of the two 1x 12" cabs gives this stack a full on rock star tone but in a compact and affordable package.
David Foster, Dawsons Music Mail Order.
|Type of Amp Effect||Reverb|
|Type of Amp||No|
|Speaker Size||12 inch|
|Key Stage||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Manufacturers Link||Blackstar HT-5RS Mini Stack|
Posted on 17/06/2012 by k2kmax
This amp is such a universal amp! I've used this to play blues material, rock, country and every time it's got the tone that I need! In conclusion this amp is AMAZING!!!
Faultless little amp
Posted on 15/06/2012 by chris
I’ve owned a HT-5rs for a few months now. I initially bought it because of the ISF control. I like the sound of both Fender and Marshall style amps and for practice I thought this would be ideal. I wasn’t wrong. The infinite shape feature (ISF) is absolutely perfect for dialling in your own tone.
I use the head with a number of cabs. The 2 1x12's supplied are fantastic and kick out a LOT of volume for such a small amp. It’s hard to believe its on 5 watts as the amount of clean headroom available is incredible. I also use it through an old Marshall 4x12 cab and when the amp is set up to give a "British crunch" type sound it really can give you that classic rock tone.
I also use it through a 4x10 cab on occasion and set it up to be very bright and clean. Again the twang and sparkle you can get out of such a small amp is phenomenal.
It’s important to remember though, that this is a Blackstar. It’s not trying to copy anything and it’s not trying to be an imitation. It’s being a Blackstar and its very good at being one! The benefit of this amp over its competitors is the flexibility and versatility of the amp.
The drive channel it has more than enough gain to cover pretty much anything. When you wind it right up it has huge amounts of drive and gives you a very modern boutique type sound.
The reverb is decent. It’s not quite a fender spring reverb but it’s still excellent for such a small and well-priced amp.
Overall I can’t pick a fault in this little head at all. For me it covers absolutely everything. I use it every day for bedroom levels, recording or even jamming with a bass player. Obviously at 5 watts it won’t keep up with a drummer but that’s not what its for.
The biggest mistake anyone could make when using this amp is to compare it to the tone of another brand. It’s a Blackstar and being a Blackstar, it’s one of the most versatile amps around. This has certainly been a fantastic introduction to the brand for me and I will be buying a bigger Blackstar in the future for rehearsal/live use.
A Tiny Powerhouse
Posted on 12/06/2012 by Mark
Do not be fooled by the low wattage, this little monster can get loud!
Ideal for practices, studio, home and small gigs the HT5 is such a lovely little amp.
There is no better feeling than cranking a valve amp all the way, and while every one else is stuck lugging round their 100W Marshall to venues only to have turn it down to 4, you get to turn up and let the little beast sing like it should.
There are some great low watt amps out there at the moment like the Orange tiny, dark and micro terrors. But what sets the Blackstar apart is the versatility, it will power almost any 4, 8 and 16 Ohm cab, I've run mine through the standard issue 1x12, a Laney 2x12 and a Vintage 4x12 Marshall and they all sound great. The ISF gives you fantastic control over tone and feel sending you from a harsh American metal sound to a Warm British rock tone. Also it's almost unique in being a 2 channel amp at this power level. Most (if not all) of it's rivals are limited to 1 channel, which if you want to go from clean to dirty in 1 song is pretty much essential.
In conclusion the HT5 is a fantastic amp for anyone in an unsigned band, it provides enough power for most gigs, the likely hood is if the place is too big for it you're going to get mic'ed up anyway and it has the versatility that most of it's rivals lack.
Posted on 08/06/2012 by The dew
The Blackstar ht-5rs mini stack is ideal for doing live gigs! The guitarist of the band I manage has performed every single gig so far with them. They're easy to carry and move around, but best of all is the amazing sound produced that you can amplify. From pubs to the O2 Academy these have certainly fulfilled their duty of giving off the best possible sound to suit any style of music. £449 is definitely worth it for this fantastic piece of music equipment!
Great mini stack for small studio and for small gigs, looks the part too!
Posted on 05/06/2012 by martind
Great practice amp for small studio and for small gigs and looks the part too. Distortion channel is nicer than the clean channel for both clean and distortion so I tend to use that all the time and use outboard effects with pedal board to change sounds. Can be used with one or both speakers, but always requires a speaker load so better for live use than for recording.