Blackstar HT-5RH (HT-110 & HT-112 cabinet comparison)
Well here we go. I have finally tested my new HT-5RH (head) [for a full review of this head please see the review section] with both the the older HT-110, 10" closed back, 40 watt cabinet and the new HT-112, 12" semi open back, 50 watt cabinet.
I purchased the two different models with the aim of having some sound variation between the 40 watt and 50 watt models for recording. Given the great price of $220.00 for the HT-110 and $199.00 for the HT-112 it was a win either way as I only ever intended to run one cabinet in to the HT-5RH (head) at any one time.
I tested the cabinets through the HT-5RH, in to a Custom Shop Fender Strat with '54 with single coil pickups and an Ibanez RG 520 with Dimarzio FRED and PAF Pro humbucking pickups. I also used an Ibanez Jemini distortion and a Vox Ice 9 overdrive Pedal for the test.
So, and the winner is.........
The HT-112, but only just.
The two cabinets do sound reasonably similiar, as to be expected, however there are some genuinely noticeable differences between the two.
At lower volumes (9 - 11 o'clock) and when going for a nice bluesy tone that just, ever so gently breaks up, the HT-110 performed better.
However, when the HT-112 was turned up at volumes post 11 o'clock on the dial it was the superior cab. This was noted in both clean, crunchy and distorted modes.
The semi open back on the HT-112 seemed to have a bit more air in the tone in both clean and distorted modes, particularly at higher volumes, which ultimately espoused a better overall sound. As many had predicted the HT-110 sounded a little boxy in comparison (certainly when distorted) and broke up in clean a little earlier than the HT-112, which in certain applications is not a bad thing at all.
This does not mean that the HT-110 is a greatly inferior cabinet, far from it, I would suggest that is may simply have a different application / use if you are able to own the two different versions as I am lucky enough to do and I would certainly recommend getting one of each.
When I get around to it I will try and record some samples, however until I do you will just have to take my word for it, or try the test for yourself.
I hope this was useful, as I struggled to find a comparison of the two different cabs anywhere.
Now to try the Mesa Boogie, Lonestar cab with the HT-5RH..............