Product Comparison: Blackstar HT1 vs Orange Micro Terror (MT20)

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General Specifications
Micro Terror (MT20)
United Kindom
About the Product
The HT-1 is the perfect amp, packing all the great tone and innovative features of the award-winning HT-5 valve amp into a 1 Watt format. The patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes you from the USA to the UK and anywhere in between. Add a fully specified speaker emulated output, MP3/ Line Input, plus an 4-16Ω speaker output and you have everything you need for recording or practicing.
The Micro Terror is a global phenomenon. Taking its inspiration from the original Tiny Terror, this miniature incarnation couples a valve preamp to a solid state output section for enormous tones that makes a mockery of its pint-sized frame. Weighing in at under 1 kilo, the Micro Terror is arguably the most portable amp head on the market. When paired with its matching PPC108 cabinet, the Micro Terror’s Aux Input and Headphone output make it a perfect practice partner, small enough for even the most cluttered sideboard.
Key Specs
Power Output
1 watts
20 watts
Number Of Channels
Controls Included
Gain, Volume, ISF
Gain, Tone, Volume
Footswitch Included
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Blackstar HT1 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • I really am impressed with sound and price of all Blackstar amps I have tried. This little amp is the best sounding amp I have owned. I will consider Blackstar when I need something larger.
  • It took some dialing in with the reverb, but I was able to get a sound I liked. Beware: If you are in an apartment, this may be a practice amp, but it delivers some serious tone at volumes that your neighbors might not like it.
  • This little critter kicks out some awesome tube tone from mild to full Saturated tube overdrive. Played through the HT-408 produces a stack like effect at low manageable volumes. perfect for just jamming without disturbing the Neighbor 1000 feet away.
  • There is also no external loop built into the amp which may turn some people off, but for good tube sound, feel and response, at the price point, it's a great deal.
  • Played through the HT-408 produces a stack like effect at low manageable volumes. perfect for just jamming without disturbing the Neighbor 1000 feet away.
Orange Micro Terror (MT20) 20 Watt Amp Head
  • Powerful (20w through my 2x12 shook the walls)
  • If you're looking for that tube sound, on a budget, and have a really good cabinet behind this, you won't be dissapointed, BUY IT! DO NOT bother with the 1x8 speaker that they offer though.
  • The onboard tone knob lets you mold your sound from warmer to brighter. I prefer it slightly on the warmer side. This thing cranks out tons of power.
  • Great little amp. Plenty of power, I have it hooked up to a 4x12 cabinet and play it with volume on 1. It's nice for quick practice sessions when I don't want to heat up and cool down my bigger all tube amp.
  • Despite it's obvious limitations, it's a great sounding amp in an adorable package with minimal, but useful controls.
  • Power breaks up and has a hard time handling a 4x12 cab after 1 o'clock ( gain and volume cranked).
  • If it had reverb and an effects loop it would be stellar.
Size & Weight
12 in.
5.31 in.
12.1 in.
6.5 in.
6.8 in.
3.7 in.
13.2 lbs.
1.87 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Blackstar HT1 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • I am very happy with the build quality, tone, and portability.
  • This is my first tube amp. I wanted something small and affordable.
  • It's light, articulate, and affordable, and Blackstar brought the goods!
  • This is kinda par for the course for an amp this size, so I wouldn't really ding it for that, and the external speaker output gives you the option to run it into something a bit beefier.
Orange Micro Terror (MT20) 20 Watt Amp Head
  • Small/Lightweight and well made.
  • This amp puts out a lot of good sound for its size and weight.
  • Nice, light weight, powerful enough for small indoor venues!
  • This is the coolest little amp I have ever owned... super compact and portable.
Guitar Amplifier
Hybrid Head
Number Of Speakers
Speaker Size
8 in.
Compatible With Footswitch
Carry Handle(s)
1/4" (instrument), Mp3/Line input
TS, 1/8"
1/4" Headphone
TS (Speaker), TS (Headphones)
Unique push-pull power amp design, Based on award winning HT-5, Patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
20-watt hybrid guitar amplifier head with serious attitude, Classic British sounds from clean to full-on overdrive, Rugged all-metal construction for years of use
What customers say about "Features"
Blackstar HT1 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • I purchased the Blackstar HT-1 because I wanted an easy to use practice amp that had some serious tone at lower volumes. I am a fan of Blackstar and with their ISF control I can get the sound I want in seconds.
  • I also like their version of a mid-shift tone control; their ISF. I know that I frequently play through the one that I own and it's worth adding this to your arsenal of sound
  • Really sweet practice amp and good for coffee shop gigs. Smooth clean, nice crunch when cranked. Not too loud. Takes pedals well, DI output on the headphone jack.
  • The clean channel works spectacularly well with pedals. It has the great clarity and articulation that I missed in my Kustom amp. I think it's a little bit sharper, and definitely more flexible for practice because of its greater dynamic range.
  • The headphone jack is great for playing loudly. On the negative side, I find the dirty channel a little bit muddy, and the same goes for turning the "ISF" to the "British" side.
Orange Micro Terror (MT20) 20 Watt Amp Head
  • Diverse and well priced for a value amp great clean tones and distortion/ overdrive.
  • Headphone out is nice.
  • This little bugger works great with pedals (which is good since I have tons of money invested into them) and is super easy to use.
  • Simple (one audio out, no FX loop).
  • Minimal tonal controls, vol, gain and tone only.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
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