Blackstar HT-1 1W 1x8" Guitar Combo Amplifier (Discontinued)
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The HT-1 appeared on our recommended list for Guitar Amps Under $300 from March 2018 until April 2019 when it was removed due to a lack of availability.
More often than not, you have to drive tubes hard to get it to sound great. The Blackstar HT-1 lets you do just that, while keeping your volume levels manageable without having to buy an expensive guitar amp attenuator because it is rated at just 1 Watt.
This compact amp houses an ECC83 preamp and ECC82 power amp tube, both of which work together to produce Blackstar's high-gain friendly tones, which would normally be hard to get in a bedroom or small studio setting.
It comes with Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) knob, which adds American or British amp flavors to your sound.
For quiet practice, you can plug a pair of headphones into the amp's speaker emulated output. You can also use the same output to send your amp signal straight to a recording console or a PA system.
The Blackstar HT-1 is an affordable and accessible way to enjoy Blackstar's brand of distorted/overdriven tones.
- Power: 1W
- Speaker: 1 x 8"
- Preamp Tube: 1 x ECC83
- Poweramp Tube: 1 x ECC82
- Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" TRS (Line)
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4" TRS (Headphones), 1 x 1/4" (Speaker)
- Weight: 13.2 lbs.
Unfortunately it's no longer available new at music stores, so if you're looking for alternatives then take a look at these guides:
- The Best Combo Tube Amps for Guitar - $100 to $1000
- The Best Small / Low Watt Tube Amps - Combo & Amp Heads
- The Best Combo Guitar Amps Under $300
The following videos demonstrate the sounds of the Blackstar HT-1: