Blackstar HT-5R 5-Watt 1×12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp Review

Since Blackstar Amplification was established in the mid-2000s, the company has continued to record admirable success rate. Thanks to the unique design of the Blackstar HT-5R Amp, guitarists cut across a variety of music genres and preferences have come to embrace it as an easy favorite.

The Blackstar HT-5R tube amp features a blend of the tone and qualities of the HT-5C in addition to the stereo reverb of the HT Venue Series. It also has other unique features such as an ECC83 preamp tube, the award-winning preamp used in the HT Pedal Series, two channels, and a 12BH7 power tube. These features make the Blackstar HT-5R tube amp the ideal choice for both home use and even your studio gigs. 

Compact yet Capable

The main controls of the Blackstar HT-5R are fixed at the top panel. It boasts two channels, which can be selected via the overdrive switch at the control panel or the footswitch, giving you the control to re-create special sounds from sharp cleans to mixing growls. The Clean channel features one Tone knob that allows you conjure everything from bright sparkles to mellow warm tones.

Features and Specifications


  • Two footswitch channels
  • Vintage styling
  • 5-watt tube combo
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Digital stereo reverb
  • Pull-push power amp design
  • 1×12 or 4×12 emulated output speaker
  • 1Xecc83 and 1x12BH7 tubes

Although Blackstar is renowned for its mid to high power amp releases, the HT-5R combo is among some of its latest series to satisfy the needs of bedroom players and studio artists with preference for low-watt amps.

This amp made our list of best bedroom amps!

Customer Reviews and Scores

Reviewers of the Blackstar HT-5R seemed to love the tube amp for its sound quality. A buyer who felt really satisfied with its delivery described the sound as ‘incredible’. The buyer goes on saying, “it pushes the power at low volumes with the gain and produces a stern warmth and completely awesome sound”. Interestingly, the buyer rounds off the comment with “VERY HAPPY’! This also reflects the thought of most of the users of the HT-5R.

Most users have been satisfied with the results they discovered after purchasing this product. However, there were still buyers who were not exactly satisfied. One such buyer says the tube amp “worked great for two months. Then the drive channel went into like I had a dozen distortion and OD pedals in line at the lowest drive setting”.

Indeed, there were a few other buyers that had their own concerns about the product, but the general comments revealed there was no widespread problem experienced with the HT-5R. As such, it is a tube amp I can confidently recommend for anyone. Its ability to adapt to unique settings is a big plus especially for those who may use it to serve dual purposes – in the bedroom and at the studio. In addition to this, the sound is simply fabulous. That makes it pretty easy for me to recommend it for your use.

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