#1
I love the sound of the Blackstar HT series amps. I was looking at getting either the HT 20 or the HT 40. What are the biggest differences between these two amps, other than the wattage. I have a vast array of musical preferences. Going from blues to metal (btbam, devil wears prada, etc.) Mainly an at home player. Thanks in advance.
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#2
The only thing that I can really think of that would be different is volume and headroom. Obviously an amp with higher wattage will be more powerful and be louder, but will also require the amp to be pushed harder before the tubes start to break up. On the lower wattage amp the opposite is true.

edit: Have you played both? Go with the one you like more.
IMO, since you are playing at home, you will probably be better off with the lower watt version. That way you still get all the tone without the added volume that you probably don't need. On the other hand, if you plan on gigging, it would probably be a better idea to get the higher wattage amp for the extra volume. They are both pretty loud though, a 20 or 40 watt tube amp is nothing to sneeze at, even with a master volume.
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#3
You can get more power amp distortion out of the 20 and use less of that hybrid preamp fizz than the 40.
For blues I'd get the 20, for metal the 40 but tbh I'd probably just get a real amp instead.
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Quote by Cathbard
You can get more power amp distortion out of the 20 and use less of that hybrid preamp fizz than the 40.
For blues I'd get the 20, for metal the 40 but tbh I'd probably just get a real amp instead.


A real amp? Come on dude those things are wicked! You don't need to have a 100w half stack to have a "real amp"
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#6
As far as the real amp comment, give reference to a "real" amp. I really liked the blackstars when I played them. Honestly my mood determines what I want to play. Lately though it has been metal. I do not plan on gigging anytime soon, however I see that the price difference used is only about $80 USD. It might be worth it just to get the 40 in case of metal mood. I've heard that the 20 can handle metal no problem though.
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A real amp? Come on dude those things are wicked! You don't need to have a 100w half stack to have a "real amp"


Half of the TS's here seem to think so
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#8
do you still have the dsl? if so, tonally they won't be that different, and the dsl is better. i don't see the reason for the ht.
#9
If it sounds good and you like it than buy it. Who cares if it is a hybrid or not.
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#10
I love the dsl, but financial problems have caused me to get rid of it. I am looking for a good tube amp, that will handle a variety of tones and do so well. If Blackstar's are not what I am looking for then what would compare. Personally I am not a fan of the hybrid amps, however, they sound very nice. My price range is 5-600 USD.
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#11
One word - Fizz.

'nuff said.
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#13
The only place I want to see fizz is in my beer.
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**** fizz in my beer, thats the sign of a bad pour
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#16
Well, if you want blues to metal and you want it cheap, look for a used Peavey XXX combo on craigslist, ebay and such. It won't sound like your DSL, and it won't be super-authentic for blues (but workable), but as far as good sound and versatility for a decent price go, it's a winner.

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**** fizz in my beer, thats the sign of a bad pour


You're thinking of foam, although a good foamy head is the sign of a good beer, regardless of a pour.
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Quote by bobafettacheese
I am looking for a good tube amp, that will handle a variety of tones and do so well. If Blackstar's are not what I am looking for then what would compare. Personally I am not a fan of the hybrid amps, however, they sound very nice. My price range is 5-600 USD.


i'm not sure that paragraph makes sense. you say you want a tube amp. you say you aren't a fan of hybrids. yet you say they sound very nice.

wut?

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#19
id say peavey vypyr tube 60, peavey 6505 112, or the jet city 50 watt combo for $599.
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