April 8th, 2010, 02:03 AM
I've tried the Blackstar HT-5 combo and I liked it a lot. I haven't tried the Vibro Champ XD but it's half the price.
I was wondering how they compare sound wise.
Has anyone used both of them and could give their opinion?
April 8th, 2010, 07:41 AM
It probably depends on your guitars and style...
They're both very good amps for the $. The SCXD actually would fare better in direct comparison. The HT-5 is better than the VCXD, unless you want some Fender tone more than 50% of the time.
If you're using humbuckers, the Blackstar is tough to beat for home use - at any price. Just pop-in a Tung Sol 12AX7 and you're set. I had the head and SEVERAL different cabs and thought it played ball with some boutique amps I had previously tried.
The ISF function is useful, and if you keep the Gain almost nil you get those Classic Rock tones.
I didn't feel the same love when I used a Strat with the Blackstar, but it really does do nice cleans and stellar OD with humbuckers.