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Blackstar HT-5RS Mini Stack - 5-watt 2x12" Tube Mini Stack Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from April 6, 2016

    Stoked for this Stack

    Could not be happier with this setup. Perfect for home use. Flexible. Great sounding and nice variety. Absolutely loving it.

  • from St. Louis, MO January 2, 2015Music Background:
    Always thirsting for more.

    Mini but sounds MIGHTY!

    I bought this little stack a few years ago and I'm just as impressed today as the day I bought it. I was buying a new LP and bought the amp the same day I was trying out the new guitar in the store. I've been playing tor over 30 years and I've owned lots of gear. This one's a keeper!

  • from Indiana March 18, 2014Music Background:
    Amp tech, and I play for fun

    Mini Stack with Mega sound!

    This is a fantastic setup, with a good clean channel and terrific gain channel, and lots of volume for a 5 watt amp. The reverb is great too.

    I have the HT-5R combo, which does sound great, but the mini stack is much beefier, fuller, louder, probably due to having two 1x12 cabinets, and the cabinets are bigger than the combo cabinet. I have tried the amp with 2x12s, and a 4x12 and it is surprising how loud it can get. With the ISF and gain control, it can get great drive at lower volumes also. I can't say enough good things about the HT-5RS, and I recommend trying one for yourself. It looks so freakin' cool also, the "mini stack" is a great idea. I now have four B* amps, and I was hooked after the first one (HT Studio 20). B* has done a great job with this one, I am extremely happy with it.

  • from Albuquerque, NM USA January 17, 2013Music Background:
    Classical, Blues, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Metal

    The Blackstar HT5R Mini Stack

    This 5 watt head has all the features of a much more expensive tube amp. The effects loop and emulated line out work well with all my pedals and effects. The mp3 out allows for awesome practice sessions. This is a very powerful amp for 5 watts. Mic it and its good for gigs. The overall tone has a thick richness and is very cutting in a band setting. Plenty of gain to run dry without an OD/Dis. pedal, but if ultra high gain is needed, a good distortion pedal will push it over the top. Clean channel is better than average but really needs a boost to come alive. I find most amps lacking in features and or tone in this price range, but honestly i'm blown away with the sound this head puts out. Sweetwater also had this at my door within days and offer great service if needed. A great buy.

  • from June 19, 2014Music Background:
    Pro Hobbyist

    I just miss the MARSHALL sound!!!!

    It is good but absolutely not perfect.
    It is like a demo of what 2000$ stacks sound like but it is not the real deal.
    I use it with a LP Standard and really miss the MARHALL sound. it is not there... not with the ISF not with amp modeling...
    Apologies to Marshall and promise to come back soon.

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