Blackstar HT-5TH 2x10" 5 Watt Anniversary Tube ComboItem ID: HT5TH
2-channel, 5-watt Tube Amplifier Combo with Infinite Shape Feature, Effects Loop, Reverb, Speaker-emulated Line Output, and Two 10" Celestion Speakers
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Your Tube-fired Studio Amp SolutionBlackstar's all-tube HT-5TH Anniversary Combo is the amp you need when you want to get killer guitar tones in the studio. This amazing little 5-watt combo guitar amp lets you dial in that magical "cooking power section" sound, without frying your eardrums. Dual 10" Celestion speakers give your amp larger-than-life sound. The HT-5TH gives you the ability to dial in a range of great tones, thanks to Blackstar's stellar ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) tone-shaping control. The Blackstar HT-5TH's 2-channel design takes you from glassy cleans to down-and-dirty crunch - in no time!
Blackstar HT-5TH Anniversary Combo Guitar Amp at a Glance:
Classic all-tube tone
The Blackstar HT-5TH Anniversary Combo gives you killer all-tube guitar tone at non-lethal levels. Push the power section to get that sought-after overdrive sound, without your significant other yelling at you to turn it down. Designed to bring you the best of both worlds, the HT-5TH's unique ISF control can dial in British and American tones. The unique push-pull amp design uses two tubes, a 12AX7 and a 12BH7. Get the real tube tones you want with the Blackstar HT-5TH Anniversary Combo!
A chameleon of tone
Looking for even more tonal flexibility? Blackstar also gave the HT-5TH combo their exclusive ISF control (ISF stands for Infinite Shape Feature). Using it in conjunction with your Bass, Middle, and Treble controls, you can nail the exact tonal signature you want. When turned fully counterclockwise, you'll have more of an "American" characteristic to your voice, with a tight bottom end and aggressive middle. Turned all the way to the right, you'll enjoy more of a "British" vibe, with a woodier sound that's less aggressive. However you dial in the Blackstar HT-5TH between the two, you'll enjoy a musical response that just asks to be taken onstage or into the studio.
Dual 10" speakers for big sound
Push some serious air with the HT-5TH's dual 10" Celestion speakers! From smooth and sultry cleans to screaming, unbridled distortion, the Blackbird speakers will give you the best sound you can get from the HT-5TH Anniversary Combo.
Blackstar HT-5TH Anniversary Combo Guitar Amp Features:
Blackstar's HT-5TH Anniversary Combo guitar amp makes a perfect tube amp for the studio or the practice room!
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
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by Tim W. from Concord, CAThis little amp does everything I've asked of it so far. 5 watts of tube power presents significantly more girth and depth at volume than I was expecting. Obviously 5w amp will not fill a large venue... read more [+], but the SPL this thing will develop still makes it a viable small gig amp, and for FOH gigs the "speaker emulated output" provide at least an alternative to hanging a SM57 in front of the grille (which, BTW, the handle is perfect for the old 57 dangle).
January 19, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician
Now, admittedly I have gotten jaded over the years over hyped features - that often do nothing significant. But this is not true of the little Blackstar. The ISF knob really does provide a wide spectrum of timbre options (all of them killer and satisfying), and I appreciate the infinite adjustments (rather than 2-3 detented presets).
To my ears, the tone stack also provides musically useful adjustments through virtually all the permutations I've tinkered with so far. Love the tone and punch of a real tube amp, even with my horrible playing.
FX loop works as advertised, although the placement of the jacks (all the rear panel jacks and buttons point downward...maybe to prevent accidental snap offs of jacks or pushing of buttons?) make set up more finicky than I think it needs to be. That's a very minor niggle, however.
Overall, I'm very excited and satisfied with the amp so far. close [-]
Blackstar HT-5TH Anniversary Amp
by Mark Heller from Round Lake, ILI'm an old guy and I've boght a lot of equipment over the years. I don't write a lot of reviews. I don't get thrilled with a lot of equipment... but this purchase has pleasantly surprised me.
March 7, 2013
Music Background: Gigging Musician
<... read more [+]br /> I have had so many amps in the past I can't even count them or remember them all. My current favorite is a Fender Supersonic 22 1x12 combo in gold & black tolex I purchased from Sweetwater. I use that on my gigs.
I have a Mesa 5:25+ head/cab in my basement for practice and I kept a Roland Cube 80X in my office for jamming and relaxing. It's solid state but I loved the clean on it and I once swore I would never replace that Roland. It even served me well on some gigs.I love the low-end thump that amp would put out on my rhythm guitar. The only thing I missed with it was some tube warmth.
I saw this Blackstar advertised and loved the look. I wasn't too familiar with Blackstar so I read some general reviews on other models because there weren't any on this one yet and saw people had some good things to say about Blackstar.
I decided to order the amp to see if it was worthy of replacing my Cube 80X and I haven't looked back since. I sold my Cube 80X shortly after receiving this.
I only use the clean channel but it has plenty of volume for my needs. I have also used the gain channel and surprisingly, it does stay pretty clean with some careful tweaking and it does so with even greater volume. It also has the warmth the cube didn't have.
Because I play in a duo and a trio without drums, I rely on a low-end thumpy rhythm on many songs to kind of take the place of drums and a bass and I was impressed with the low end this puts out through 2 10" speakers... more than I was expecting. The reverb is nice and lush as well.
I haven't gigged with this yet, I didn't buy it for that, but It could certainly do well for many of the gigs I play and at some point I probably will. 5 watts is not limiting on this amp; it's plenty loud for small gigs (50-70 people) since we don't use a drummer and then it does have the line out to feed it to the PA so it works for any gig.
I took a chance, ordered it without trying it but it wasn't a mistake. besides, Sweetwater got it to me quick... the next day.
Bottom line, I love it and I play thru it at least 5 days a week. close [-]
Great combo amp
by Scott from DFW, TXDoes just what you want a low watt combo to do. Blackstar's high gain channel works great, gets excellent rock to metal sounds out of it and the ISF really allows for tone variety. The two 10 combo an... read more [+]niversary addition is very cool too. The clean channel lacks a little sparkle and 12s rather than 10s would have pushed the rating up higher. The reverb has a wide range to it as well which helps to be able to dial in the cleans. Great for the money, especially if you focus on rock/metal sounds which is why you're looking at this brand anyway. close [-]
December 31, 2012
Music Background: Don't practice enough
Cheryll, Lott, TX
Blackstar HT-5TH 2x10" 5 Watt Anniversary Tube Combo
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