From chiming "boutique" cleans, to on the edge crunch, or full-on distortion, HT-20 mkII delivers "the sound in your head."
EL84s are at the tonal heart of the HT-20R MkII combo and head. We have used our decades of valve amp design experience to combine the response and character of this classic British valve with a carefully voiced preamp to create wonderfully lush valve tones. From pure boutique cleans, to mild overdrive that cleans up by backing off the guitar volume control, right up to saturated distortion, this amp does it all.
For at home or in the studio the Power Reduction switch takes you down to 2 Watts without any compromise in tone: perfect for driving the EL84 power stage.
Simple and intuitive controls, combined with pro features like our patented ISF control, studio quality reverb, effects loop, XLR D.I. out and USB speaker emulated output, make them perfect for any performance situation – whether you’re in the studio, gigging in front of a small crowd, or playing to thousands.
From chiming ‘boutique’ cleans, to on the edge crunch, or full-on distortion, HT-20 MkII deliver ‘the sound in your head’
The HT-20R mkII has two footswitchable Clean Voices, one with an "American" character and the other with a Class A "British" sound.
Voice 1: Voice 1 clean gives bright and tight tone with a solid bass response, the tone shaping is position early in the gain structure for a refined American tone and response
Voice 2: Voice 2 gives a highly responsive "chime" with a looser, resonant bottom-end for a British tone that can be pushed into a mid-range overdrive when driven hard.
The two footswitchable Overdrive Voices are characterized by a tone which is high in gain, but avoids any of the detached top-end "fizz" often found in other designs
Voice 1: This is the classic "British" Blackstar overdrive. Rich and natural it goes all the way to Super Crunch gain but cleans up beautifully
Voice 2: Inspired by the critically acclaimed HT Venue mkII high gain sounds, this overdrive has additional aggression in the high-end with a tight resonant low-end
Patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) Tone Shaping
The conventional three way guitar EQ network, or tone stack (a.k.a. Bass, Middle and Treble), is a key to the characteristic “voice” of traditional guitar amplifiers. Classic amplifier designs have their own versions of this network which leads to their own tonal voicings. The ISF control allows you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings in a way that has never before been possible. In this way you can design your own sound and truly find "the sound in your head".
Professional Recording Connectivity
USB output has been added for the simplest way to get valve tone into your recordings. Also added is a pro balanced XLR DI output, which allows the speaker emulated signals to be connected to external devices for practicing, recording or live use.
Inspired by Blackstar's patented Dynamic Power Reduction circuit, simply switch down to 2 Watts at the push of a button without any loss of tone. Perfect for driving the EL84 power stage hard at lower volumes.
- 20 Watt Combo
- 2x ECC83 Preamp tubes
- 2x EL84 Power amp tubes
- 12" Blackstar designed woofer
- 2 Channels
- Footswitchable voices for Clean and Overdrive
- Power reduction to 2 watts
- USB audio out
- XLR DI Out
- Newly voiced studio quality reverb
- 2-button footswitch included