Blackstar HT-1R Review

The Blackstar HT-1R is a compact tube amp that delivers unbelievable sound quality.

Blackstar HT-1R Info

Power: 1 Watt
Speaker: 1×8″
Amplifier Type: Tube. 1 x HT-1R
Dimensions: 14.9 x 9.5 x 13.9 inches
Weight: 14.8 pounds

Blackstar HT-1R Controls

Gain, Overdrive Select, Volume, ISF, Speaker Emulated Output and Headphones, MP3/Line In, Reverb

Blackstar HT-1R Features

    • Two Channels: Clean and Overdrive

Switching between the two channels is done with a push of the Overdrive Select button.

    • ISF Control

The ISF control (which stands for Infinite Shape Feature) is a feature that provides a type of tone control. Rather than simply adding or taking away bass or treble tones, rather it is designed to shape the tone in Blackstar’s unique way.

    • Digital Reverb

The Digital Reverb does a pretty good job of emulating the reverb effect.

    • Speaker Emulated Output

This amp provides an 8 Ohm speaker output.
The crunch and break-up tones sound good even at the lowest volume or through headphones.

    • MP3/Line In

The MP3/Line In port lets you practice along to your MP3s or other music.

Possible Concerns

There is no footswitch input.


We found the average price of the Blackstar HT-1R online to be a mid-priced combo amp with great tone and effects.

Overall Value

The Blackstar HT-1R is a fantastic little 1 watt tube combo amp with an 8-inch speaker.
The tone is excellent even at very low volumes, and it is best suited for home practice sessions.



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