H&K Tubemeister 5 - or - Blackstar HT-5
Old 5th December 2012
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H&K Tubemeister 5 - or - Blackstar HT-5

Similarly specced, similarly priced amps, but which one?

I'm not in a position to be able to go out and try them.

I've watched a couple of online videos, and I think I slightly favour the Blackstar

Intended application is for home studio use - VERY obnoxious neighbours!!)

I play mainly rock, a little bit of metal and I'm totally fed up trying to coax anything decent out of sims/pods etc

Any opinions people?
Old 5th December 2012
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Not speaking from direct experience but from what I've read the Blackstar would probably be better metal but then I'm sure both would do a decent job on that score. I'd personally choose the Tubemeister for the RedBox DI technology alone but maybe that aspect of the amp doesn't concern you.
Old 6th December 2012
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Another thing - it looks like the Blackstar has an Fx loop but the H&K doesn't
Old 6th December 2012
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After some research I purchased the new Blackstar HT-Metal. It has 2 valve circuits to get the British Heavy Metal sound and US High Gain sound. Don't be fooled by the 'metal' tag, you can also get some nice rock sounds and also switch the first channel into clean.

I also heard some great reviews of the Suhr Riot Distortion, no valve in this but a highly regarded pedal!!
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I'm certainly leaning towards the Blackstar - but you just have to love the Blue glow from the H&K!!
Old 12th February 2014
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Not speaking from direct experience but from what I've read the Blackstar would probably be better metal but then I'm sure both would do a decent job on that score. I'd personally choose the Tubemeister for the RedBox DI technology alone but maybe that aspect of the amp doesn't concern you.
I have a Tubemeister 5 in my studio and love it. JJ preamp tube, stock power tube, very versatile. I got mine shipped to my door for $265. Great deal, great amp for tracking/re-amping in a small studio setup.
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