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    Default Blackstar HT5RH MKII

    Iíve been looking at getting a small valve head for home/Studio use and saw the MKII HT5 head. Iíve read the office blurb but couldnít see answers to the following questions.

    1) The official website says the speaker can be 4-16 ohms, but on the picture of the back of the head it shows 8 & 16 ohms.

    2) There is no standby on this model, so can the head be used with just headphones without the cab.

    3) Is there any was to turn off the cab sim on the XLR out.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Blackstar HT5RH MKII

    Quote Originally Posted by lperry65 View Post
    Iíve been looking at getting a small valve head for home/Studio use and saw the MKII HT5 head. Iíve read the office blurb but couldnít see answers to the following questions.

    1) The official website says the speaker can be 4-16 ohms, but on the picture of the back of the head it shows 8 & 16 ohms.

    2) There is no standby on this model, so can the head be used with just headphones without the cab.

    3) Is there any was to turn off the cab sim on the XLR out.

    Thanks.
    https://www.blackstaramps.com/pdf/ha...i-handbook.pdf

    from what I could see in the manual above

    1) 8 ohm is the minimum , BTW I looked at the main website here https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/ht-5r-mkii
    and could not find anywhere that said 4 ohm was acceptable. use at least an 8 ohm speaker

    2) you can never use a tube amp without the cab. it must have a load for the transformers

    3) doesnt look like it


    I have a Bugera G5 head

    its a clone of the Blackstar with some improvements

    it still requires at least and 8 ohm speaker attached whenever it is powered up
    even when in standby ( it has a standby switch )



    they are expensive $350 new
    cheap $200 used


    EDIT

    oh and if you dont want the speaker emulation on either one
    just use the effects loop send
    and nothing in the return that would be just the preamp out with out the amp emulation

    still need a speaker plugged in regardless
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    Default Re: Blackstar HT5RH MKII

    Quote Originally Posted by lperry65 View Post

    2) There is no standby on this model, so can the head be used with just headphones without the cab.

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    The answer to this question is "yes" as it is one of the models that Blackstar makes that has the ability to run effectively without a speaker connected.
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    You can also check directly on their website under "General Info".

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    Default Re: Blackstar HT5RH MKII

    amazing

    I didnt see that anywhere
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    Default Re: Blackstar HT5RH MKII

    I got the HT-20mkII combo, and I highly recommend getting the 20w one

    cheers
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