NAMM 2019: Blackstar claims its new HT-1R and HT-5R MkII are “the perfect studio and practice amps”

NAMM 2019: Blackstar is really hitting NAMM hard this year, their third announcement of the show being MkII versions of the HT-1R and HT-5R.

Both amps are available as heads or combos, and feature push-pull power amps, designed to sound full at low volume levels.

Blackstar has equipped the practice amps with many other MkII features, too, including a “studio-quality” reverb and USB speaker-emulated output.

Also onboard are footswitchable clean and overdrive voices, Blackstar’s ISF control and a 4-16-ohm speaker output.

The HT-5R adds separate gain and volume controls for each channel, a three-band overdrive EQ, 4x12/1x12 voicing switch for the cab-sim out, as well as a power reduction switch, taking the wattage down from 5W to 0.5W.

Valve-wise, both amps feature a single ECC83 preamp valve and 12BH7 power amp valve.

The HT-1R combo boasts an8” speaker - 12” on the HT-5R - while extension cabs are available in both 1x12 and 2x12 formats, packing Celestion Seventy 80s.

Prices are as follows...

  • HT-1R MkII £279
  • HT-1RH MkII £259
  • HT-5R MkII £489
  • HT-5RH MkII £449
  • HT-112OC MkII £219
  • HT-212VOC MkII £349

For more info, visit Blackstar Amps.

The news follows Blackstar’s other NAMM announcements: three Studio 10 tube amps, plus the EL84-fuelled HT-20R head and combo, and there may well be more to come...


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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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