Blackstar HT-1 1W 1x8" Guitar Combo Amplifier (Discontinued)
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.
- 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.
The Blackstar HT-1 continues to impress players, so much so that many of them throw around the word "awesome" or something similar to it. Some even describe it as being the best sounding little amp that they've ever had, but note that they are mostly pointing to its overdrive sound.
Reviews are littered with compliments from those who are impressed with the amps overdriven tone. Common descriptions of the Blackstar HT-1's sound include great and awesome, while others are happy with the amp's feel. Ease of use and portability also got their share of mentions.
Portability and build quality are also well received.
There are some users who find the amp to be quite loud for 1W, they recommend being careful when cranking the amp. As expected, the clean channel is not as well loved as the overdrive channel, so if you are looking for a tube amp with good clean tones - this is not the amp for you. A few users suggest saving up for the HT-1R, which comes with built-in reverb effect.
The Blackstar HT-1 is an affordable and accessible way to enjoy Blackstar's brand of distorted/overdriven tones.
Unfortunately it's no longer available from most 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: