#1
I play mostly classic rock, some hard rock and even a little metal. Looking for a little input from anyone who has played or owned this amp.

Can it handle effects pedals well?

Is this quality?

Thanks
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#2
What are you looking for, sound wise, out the amp? Budget? My experience, and I used to own one is that they are very meh. Marketing aside, which is shady, I would say there are a lot better options out there for whatever money (price range) you are spending.
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#4
For classic rock you can do way better than an HT20.

What's your location, budget and are you willing to buy used?
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#5
About $700, I'm looking for a good practice/small venue amp. I want two foot switchable channels and if it had a headphone output that would be awesome. I would prefer a new amp.

Thanks for the input it is appreciated.
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#6
Do you have a cabinet already or were you looking at a combo?
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I have an old one preferably a combo
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#8
You might like something like a JCA2212c if you need 2 channels and a more rock style voicing in a combo.
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#9
Marshall JCM2000 DSL401 would be a good choice
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use the balance of your budget to get a tubescreamer and a few other pedals
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#10
Marshall DSL combo. They are stupidly good compared to the Blackstar HT's.

The jet city amps are pretty nice for the money.

If you would consider used, the mesa caliber series, f-series, and express amps aee nice and can find in budget used.

Why not used? You can get a way better amp.
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All the blackstar ht's take pedals well and the 20 has a loop. I like them but they get flack around here. They have a darker rock/classic metal overdrive. The dsl 40 is also a great option someone else suggested. Also has a loop for your pedals and it's got that classic Marshall crunch. Skip the jet city. They're cheaply made and sound muddy.
#12
Waaay more bang for you buck, go used!
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#13
I have the Blackstar HT-20 and it is a solid amp. However, for classic rock/hard rock, I like the classic gain channel of the The Marshall DSL 40c driven with an OD pedal a little better, but the HT-20 is still very good. I like the HT-20 better for high gain/metal, but it is subjective, I could be make the DSL work for metal by driving the high gain channel at low settings.

The HT-20 handles pedals well and is a solidly built, quality amp. With a simple OD pedal, you can easily cover the range of styles you are looking for.

In this range, I found the Orange Terror amps to be fizzy, the Egnater and Jet City amps to be very bland, but everyone has different opinions.

The Marshall DSL shares an EQ between the channels, which I don't like and there is no headphone jack. At the same time, although the HT-20 has 2 separate EQs, the clean channel has a single tone knob and it doesn't have the same depth as the EQ on the high gain channel. In addition, you can use the emulated out as a mono headphone jack on the HT-20, but it doesn't turn off the speaker (in case you were hoping to play silently) and is less than ideal.

I would seriously consider Robbgnarly's suggestion (hard to beat the price) or consider the HT-20 or DSL 40c.
#14
Thanks for the input guys.
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#15
Effects pedal well: yes. Mine took a EQD hoof well in the clean channel. But at your budget you can get better quality amps better suited for venues. Mine barely held its own with a drummer. The issue with HT-20 is it's garbage speaker. At the same price of HT 20, speaker, price for install, you can get a better amp all around. DSL for sure.
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(a) I like them but they get flack around here.

(b) Skip the jet city. They're cheaply made and sound muddy.


(a) to be fair, there's a reason they get flak.

(b) That's just not true. Everyone I've ever talked to (online I mean) who knows about amps and building them basically doesn't understand how they can be made so well when they're so cheap- they're as well (and better) made than amps which cost more.

That's not to say they're as well-made as the high-end stuff- they're not. But they're hard to beat for the money, and even for quite a bit more money.

Not sure how you think they sound muddy, either, in fact most complaints I see is that, if anything, they're a bit too bright-sounding.
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I'd say it's more likely he never played one.
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I'd say it's more likely he never played one.

Yeah I have stayed out of plenty of gear threads just because I don't know about them.
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^ lol

i've never actually tried an HT but I always make that clear- I'm criticising the marketing rather than how the thing sounds.
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