MUSIKMESSE 2012: Blackstar ID Series

Whoa! So this is what Blackstar’s been cooking up. For seven years. The same team that designed the Series One, Artisan and HT Venue lines has been quietly beavering away on a programmable line of amps featuring True Valve Power – which they say is ‘LOUD as Valve’ – six selectable classic channels (EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88), three band EQ with patented ISF control, Resonance and Presence controls, four modulation effects, four delays, four reverbs, 128 user storable patches.

So how’s it work?

And how’s it sound?

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Blackstar adds reverb to HT-5 series

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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.

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REVIEW: Blackstar Series One 50

Blackstar offers some pretty innovative designs in its rapidly expanding catalog. The Series One 50 is a 50 watt head is designed to deliver fully rocktastic Class A-style tones at all volume levels thanks to a very clever power reduction feature. But before we get to that, let’s look at the rest of the goodies.

The Series One 50’s tube quiver includes one ECC82, three ECC83s and a pair of EL34s. There are four channels: Bright Clean, Warm Clean, Crunch and Super Crunch. The two clean channels share Gain and Volume controls, as do the two overdrive channels. Next we have Bass, Middle, Treble and Blackstar’s famous ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) tone voicing control, a master section with Resonance, Presence and Volume, and the DPR (Dynamic Power Reduction) knob. When the amp arrived, most of the preamp tubes were cracked and the amp was unusable. I assume this is something that happened in transit, and after the local distributor supplied some replacement tubes, the amp fired up without a problem, so whatever wiped out the tubes wasn’t enough to kill them amp. The amp feels a little bit plasticy and it sorta smells funny, but obviously the construction seems pretty tough.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Blackstar HT-5 reboot

The HT-5 was the amp that really kickstarted it all for Blackstar. This year they’ve given the line a reboot with a bunch of cool new features. Check it out!

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Blackstar Amplification (Halle 4.0, Stand C40) is extending their popular HT-5 line of all-tube amplifiers to include three new models equipped with a stereo digital reverb. Additional enhancements have also been made.

The new, 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.

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