HT 5 RH -- Which cabs??? 1 x 10 x 2? 1 x 12 x 2? 4 x 8 x 1, 2?

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Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:58 am

Welp, it's time for me to shop-out cabs for the HT 5 R H!

I'm going with Blackstar cabs unless sombody can justify a different brand cab w/ sound demos/comparrisons.

Which Blackstar cab or cabs bring out the best of the HT 5 R H???

What is the outcome of using an HTV cab instead of the HT cab?

Will an Artisan 2 x 12 be to much, never break in, etc.?

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Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:20 am

FYI, I've read through this and other forums. concrete info on speaker cabs, just...stuff.

I'd just get the 4 x 8, but the info says it's designed for the HT 1. ...will the HT 5R H be too much for it, or...will it make it sing betterer than an HT 1 can? And, supposedly, good 8" speakers (celestion super 8's) are hard to come by. I did a search last night on 8" speakers, no luck.

Has anybody stacked two 4 x 8 cabs (I read the article about reconfiguring the head for 2 parallel cabs, not interested in doing that.)

Has anybody tried Mesa Boogie cabs with an HT 5R H?

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Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:47 am

I was becoming a little demoralised with my HT5R head and during my search for a new amp
( sill don't know what I really want LOL )
Ended up trying different speaker cabs with different amps,
Tried an orange 4 x 12 cab ( don't know the speakers )
Blackstar 2 x 12
Marshall 1 x 12
Orange 112 ( v30 speaker )
Marshall 2 x12 ( 1936 with G12T75 )

Because I was using different amps at the time it took me a while to realise that the Orange 412 cab
was making the sound consistently boomy on the bass . this was when I started trying different speakers.
Blackstar again wasn't tight enough on the bass for my likes but better than the orange 412 cab
Then I tried a Marshal 1936 212 and it sounded awesome nice tight bass and good sound all round.
Then went to another shop and they didn't have anything I'd used before and ended up trying an orange 112 ( v30 ) and a marshal 112
sorry say about the v30 speaker in the orange the bass wasn't tight enough ,
I was surprised because I'd seem a comparison demo which had favoured the v30 speaker.

Anyway enough history, I scoured ebay and bought a Marshal 1936 212 stereo cab for £150 and it sound awesome , fills the sound out
and makes the HT5 sound like a new amp, the gas for a new amp has subsided and I'm experimenting with the HT5 more now.
The bonus with a stereo cab was that I could connect 2 heads to the 1 cab at the same time or even switch between heads
IF needed at a later date

Will be ineterested to see what any else thinks about my thoughts
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Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:09 pm

Different speakers make MAJOR differences in tone/sound as mentioned. I prefer using a 2X12 w/ two different speakers; one that favors highs and another favoring for me.

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Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:17 pm

^^^ +1 same for me...

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Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:59 am

Marshall cabs seem to get the most enthusiastic reviews.

But, I've decided to give the HTV-212 a try first. The online seller will always facilitate an exchange if I don't like it!

I'm curious to see and hear a Blackstar cab, Marshall cabs are all over the place.

There are guitar shops down the road that have a bunch of used cabs, so I'll be able to compare a few broken in cabs to the Blackstar cab if I don't like it out of the box and after breaking it in a bit.

I'm way curioius to hear the 4 x 8 solo and with different Blackstar cabs attached to it.

I'll have the first cab here on or just after May 1st and will post an update after playing it for a bit!

Thank you for your replies, excellent info!

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Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:09 am

I really like mine through a Marshall cab, loaded with Celestion gt12-75's


Plenty of bass, easily adjustable mids and highs, and an all around "sweetening" of the tone.

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Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:38 am

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Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:42 pm

Please remember to let us know what you think of the Blackstar cab, I've been in a similar situation to you in that I just can't settle into my HT-5RH Stack, I tried replacing the speakers in both of the 1x12 Blackstar cabs (one V30 and one GT12-75) and while there was a definite improvement I still hear a cheap, boxy sound with really loose overpowering bass.

I've had my eye on the larger Blackstar cabs and the Marshall 1936 2x12 so I'm curious to know where you end up :)

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Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:57 pm

I use LopoLine cabs (2x12s) and love them. I'm with 1M4 and Majik in that I use 2 different speakers.

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