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Blackstar HT-5R

Blackstar HT-5R Review

Well, where to start? This is simply the most versatile amp we tested, and sounds great across an incredible range of different sounds and tones. For this reason alone, without all of the other advantages it offers, it easily stands out from the competition.

The versatility of this amp is built around the responsive and wide-ranging three level EQ, which offers the standard triumvirate of bass, mid, and treble, but also offers a huge range on each level. With this level of control, it is easy to find exactly the tone you require, no matter what genre of music you play.

In addition, the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) doubles the versatility of this amp. Playing with this feature will take you anywhere from “Classic British” to “Modern American”, and anywhere in between!

Whilst this array of tone options may be a bit bewildering if you are a beginner, over the years to come it will really come into its own – it’s nice to know that this amp is able to adapt to whatever style of music you end up playing!

With this kind of amp, you get what you pay for, even at this level. Professionals would never compromise on a poor quality acoustic guitar amp, and so neither should you!

Blackstar HT-5R

The versatility of this amp is built around the responsive and wide-ranging three level EQ, which offers the standard triumvirate of bass, mid, and treble, but also offers a huge range on each level. With this level of control, it is easy to find exactly the tone you require, no matter what genre of music you play.

Really, that should be all we need to say.

This amp sounds the best, period. But if you want lots of extra fancy features, it’s got those too:

9 Total Score
Blackstar HT-5R

The versatility of this amp is built around the responsive and wide-ranging three level EQ, which offers the standard triumvirate of bass, mid, and treble, but also offers a huge range on each level. With this level of control, it is easy to find exactly the tone you require, no matter what genre of music you play.

Durability
8.5
Design
9
PROS
  • This amp offers two distinct input channels, which really makes a difference when it comes to sound quality. The clean channel offers gorgeous bright tones, and the overdrive delivers some impressively aggressive distortion for such a small amp.
  • You can swap between these channels using the footswitch that comes included with the amp. This is a great feature to have, being standard on bigger and more expensive amps, but not often included on amps of this size. It means that you can quickly swap channels, even mid-track, allowing you greater freedom when writing songs.
  • The additional sound features on this amp sound great. The overdrive sounds great when playing blues, but you can really crank it up if necessary for those rock tracks you’ve been working on! Combined with a digital reverb that sounds as good as any amp available today, we are confident that you will get many years of high quality sound from this amp.
  • One really impressive aspect of the sound produced by this amp is that all these tones sound equally good at low volume. Sometimes, small amps like this can suffer when not being driven at high volume, struggling to deliver satisfying overdrive, but there is no such problem here!
  • Last but not least, the build quality of this amp is second to none. It feels really sturdy, and one look inside will show you the care that has been taken with its construction.
CONS
  • None, really. You get what you pay for with this kind of amp, and so if you are looking for an acoustic guitar amp which will give you gorgeous, clean tones for many years to come, whether in the practice room or on the road, this is the one to go for!
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