Poll: Which amp?
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Blackstar HT-5S
1 20%
Hughes and Kettner Edition Tube 25th Anniversary
4 80%
Voters: 5.
#1
I'm looking for a new amp and narrowed my search down to 2: the Blackstar HT-5S and the Hughes and Kettner Edition Tube 25th Anniversary.

I play a whole array of stuff, from clean to high gain but I mainly play pop punk. What one will be better recording and live? (Bare in mind they can be hooked up to a PA). Also, does the H&K warrant the extra £100 I will have to spend on it?

Here is some info on them:

Blackstar HT-5S (Ministack) - £399

* Innovative 5 Watt valve head
* Two 1 x 10" Celestion speaker cabinets
* 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7
* Unique push pull power amp design
* Award winning HT Pedal preamp
* Two footswitchable channels
* 10" Celestion speaker
* Enhanced tone controls
* Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
* Fully equipped for studio or practice
* Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
* Effects loop with effects level switch
* Footswitch included
* Cool vintage styling

Hughes and Kettner Edition Tube 25th Anniversary - £499

* Model: Edition Tube 25th Anniversary
* Channels: Clean + Lead
* Power: 20 Watts
* Poweramp: 2x EL84
* Preamp: 2x 12AX7
* Effects: Accutronics Spring Reverb
* Effects Loop: Serial
* Footswitch: Optional
* Equaliser: 3-band EQ
* Speaker Outputs: 1x 8-16 Ohms, parallel
* Speaker: 1x 12'' Celestion G12T-100
* Dimensions: 556 x 480 x 276 mm
* Weight: 18,4 kg / 40,6 lbs
* External Fuse (Anode): T200mA
* Mains Fuse 100 Volt-Version: T1A
* Mains Fuse 120 Volt-Version: T1A
* Mains Fuse 220-230 Volt-Version: T500mA
* Mains Fuse 240 Volt-Version: T500mA

EDIT: can some people explain their votes pleassssssseeeeee
Last edited by livnew at Aug 19, 2009,
#2
OK, nice choices.
I have owned the HT5 and the 20th Anny H&K. (I'm assuming that the 25th anny version is quite similar. The specs you list are identical).

I'd vote H&K. The HT5 has great tone, is awesome for recording and can be hooked to the PA. But imo the H&K wipes the floor with it. The cleans on the H&K are rich and sweet. The H&K has some headroom and modern voiced gain. Also, spring reverb.

Try them both but I think you will agree with me if you test them side by side.
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#3
Quote by gregs1020
OK, nice choices.
I have owned the HT5 and the 20th Anny H&K. (I'm assuming that the 25th anny version is quite similar. The specs you list are identical).

I'd vote H&K. The HT5 has great tone, is awesome for recording and can be hooked to the PA. But imo the H&K wipes the floor with it. The cleans on the H&K are rich and sweet. The H&K has some headroom and modern voiced gain. Also, spring reverb.

Try them both but I think you will agree with me if you test them side by side.


+1

Gregs knows his stuff - you should listen to him.


I haven't heard the H&K but I know they make reliable, decent sounding amps. The HT-5 sounds great and is very versatile - the cleans are a bit lacking though.

Try both of them out before you make your decision