Blackstar Adds Reverb Models to Popular HT-5 Series of Guitar Amplifiers

— New models include HT-5R Combo, HT-5RH Head, HT-5RS Mini Stack and HT-112 Cabinet —

SUMMER NAMM SHOW, NASHVILLE, TN, July 21, 2011 — The Blackstar Amplification (booth 800) HT-5R Combo, HT-5RH Head, HT-5RS Mini Stack and HT-112 Cabinet are recent additions to their popular HT-5 line of tube amplifiers and include a stereo digital reverb and other enhancements.

The innovative HT-5R combo and HT-5RH head offer real tube sound in a compact format. While the preamp uses a traditional 12AX7 tube, the power section uses the dual-triode 12BH7 tube wired in a push-pull circuit. This configuration produces the crunch and break-up characteristics of a traditional 100-Watt amp, delivering a sound rich in tube harmonics and compression even at the lowest volume levels.

The HT-5R and HT-5RH are both two-channel amplifiers, offering Clean and Overdrive channels. A channel-switching footswitch is included. With these new Reverb models, an additional Tone control has been added to the Clean Channel. Blackstar’s unique Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) works with the three-band EQ to provide new tone-shaping control, able to create both U.K. and U.S.A. flavors of sound quickly.

The emulated speaker line output recreates the sonic character of either a 1 x 12″ or a 4 x 12″ speaker cabinet, providing a convenient way to record or to connect to a larger sound sytem. Unlike other models, using the emulated line output will not cancel the internal or external speaker sound. This allows the HT-5R series to serve as a great monitor source. This same output can be used with headphones for private practice. The Series Effects Loop is equipped with a level switch to match the signal of nearly any external effect processor. A line input is included, allowing the player to jam-along with a CD, MP3, etc.

In addition to the HT-5R Combo and HT-5RH Head amplifiers, this HT-5R line includes the HT-112 extension cabinet. Each cabinet holds a single 12” custom-designed Blackbird 50 speaker (as also used in the self-contained HT-5R Combo). The HT-5RS Mini Stack includes the HT-5R Head and two HT-112 Cabinets.
The existing HT-5 non-reverb models use a single 10” Celestion speaker.

[geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]MODEL/MSRP/ETA
HT-5R Five Watt, all-tube combo amp $569.99 mid-Summer 2011
HT-5RH Five Watt, all-tube head $479.99 late-Summer 2011
HT-112 Single 12” Blackbird 50 Cabinet $299.99 late-Summer 2011
HT-5RS Mini Stack with HT5RH + (2) HT-112s $849.99 late-Summer 2011[/geo-out]

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