Welcome to the Bantam One Website. Dedicated to the Temple Audio Bantam One Amplifier.
The Bantam One is an Audiophile Quality digital integrated amplifier. Designed and manufactured completely in Manchester, in the North West of England.
Combining the most modern technology with traditional workmanship, the Bantam One is a unique amplifier whose performance and build quality is exemplary.
The Bantam One Amplifier is hand built to your specifications in a variety of different wood and metal finishes, to suit your listening environment.
New Bluetooth 5 remote control system and handset provides a faster connection and better battery efficiency.
Visit the Bantam One Showroom to see the Range of options, materials and finishes that we offer.
The Bantam One is the ideal centerpiece for the modern home audio system.
It features 3 line level inputs for your CD Player / DAC / Phonostage. A pair of 100W stereo speaker outputs and an active Pre amp output.
The amplifier is finished in a classic combination of wood and polished metal, giving it a solid look and feel that embodies precision engineering and luxury.
At the heart of the Bantam One is a pair of our tried and tested high resolution digital monoblocks in a dual mono configuration.
The amplifier is built on a heavy weight military spec gold plated PCB using only the best components and manufacturing techniques. When the perfect components are not available, we make them ourselves. By making everything ourselves from scratch we maintain a very tight control over the component and build quality.
New for 2018 we have an improved balanced active' pre amp and a super capacitor based power supply. Click on the links in the bar above to read more about those features.
Power Amp Features:
Our commitment to excellence in build quality is matched by the modern high performance technology we use.
Digital amplifiers dont suffer from crossover distortion, so they excel at reproducing the small details that might get smudged out by conventional class AB amplifiers. High efficiency results in lower operating temperature, which lowers the self noise of every component in the system. It also allows the amplifier to be made smaller, with shorter more direct signal paths internally.
The result is a vibrant clear sound with a natural three dimensional soundstage.
We have invested years of development and refinement to produce the best possible small digital amplifier implementation. Critical areas such as the output stage feature inductors that we wind ourselves using a special grade of ferrite.
At Temple Audio we endeavour to go over and above the usual standard in parts quality, build quality and design. The Power supply inside the Bantam One is a perfect example of that approach.
When designing the PSU for the Bantam One we didnt stop with the conventional linear power supply. We have developed a state of the art regulator system to provide clean safe regulated power to to power amplifiers.
The regulator stage itself has some important features. Each of the monoblocks has its own PSU output and each output is buffered by a generous number of super capacitors. Positioned exactly where the power is needed, the super capacitors provide an enormous boost to the transient performance of the system and they absorb system noise.
When you first power up the Bantam One it charges up the super capacitors. After this, the super capacitors act like a reservoir of power for the amplifier. Providing huge transient response when needed.
The power supply in the Bantam One delivers the type of noise performance you would expect in a moving coil phono pre amp yet its powerful enough to power speakers at 100W per channel.
A good power supply is key to getting the very best performance out of any digital amplifier. Low noise contributes to a deeper 'black' soundstage. Good transient response and stability preserves clarity during complex music.
With the Bantam One, we have used all our experience and expertise to create the power supply to do our digital monoblock technology justice.
The Bantam One can be ordered in two voltage levels. '100V - 130V' for USA and Japan, or '200V - 260V' for the rest of the world.
The mains connection for a Bantam One uses a high tolerance Gold plated connector. In true audophile fashion every single connector on the Bantam One is gold plated.
The Bantam One comes with a good quality mains cable, we have cables with plugs for most countries available and you can simply choose the plug you want in the showroom as part of the order process.
Our philosophy has always been transparency above all else. Our end goal is to remove the HiFi system from the equation so all you hear is the music as it was first recorded.
The Bantam One uses a unique 'balanced' pre amp that runs off its own mains transformer. Due to its balanced topology and super capacitor power supply it has incredibly low noise.
This provides an ideal match to the power amplifier which is also balanced. As standard, the new Bantam One accepts 3 line level inputs via RCA which are immediately converted to balanced as they enter the amplifier. We do also offer a version with a balanced input via XLR. With that you can have an audio system that is balanced from your DAC right the way to your speakers.
Being an active Pre Amp its easy to drive by any sound source from solid state to valves, without any loading effects.
Volume control is achieved using a Japanese Alps pot arranged in a special balanced shunt topology. In this configuration, the audio signals pass through high quality fixed resistors and dont actually pass through the volume pot as they would in a conventional preamp.
Pre Amp Features:
The pre amp output on the rear can feed a separate subwoofer or higher power amp in a Bi Amp configuration. Using the Bantam One to power the treble speakers, where quality is most critical.
Input selection is achieved using Japanese sealed relays with gold plated silver contacts to avoid any possible signal degradation.
The Bantam One has a very simple control via the button on the front panel. The channels are indicated by 3 'pin point' lights discretely positioned next to the button, that you see when they are illuminated.
The Bantam one also comes with remote control connectivity via bluetooth. You can pair any android device with bluetooth to the amp and control the volume (by motorised volume pot) and change channels, by using the Temple Audio App.
You can also purchase the remote control handset in a the same wood and metal finish as your Bantam One.
In 2022 we have redesigned the handset from the ground up using bluetooth 5 to provide better battery life and a faster more reliable wireless connection. Even for heavy users of the remote 2 AAA batteries will last years.
The handset works just like a traditional remote control with buttons to change the channel and the volume. Being wireless the range is much longer and it does not need line of sight between the handset and the amplifier to work.
The Bantam One features a brushed aluminium enclosure with a distinctive wooden front panel, which we make in house from high grade white oak or black American walnut. With more wood options coming soon.
These high quality woods are traditionally used for fine cabinetry, clockmaking and musical instruments.
Starting from full planks we select parts of the wood with the most attractive and distinctive figure. The wood is then shaped using CNC machine tools. Finishing is achieved by hand with shellac and a natural wax top finish. This traditional wood finish using natural ingredients gives depth to the grain and a healthy shine. It seals the wood from moisture and protects it without looking like an artificial coating as many modern plastic based varnishes do.
The Bantam One logo is emblazoned on a matching badge in the lower corner.
The labeling on the rear is laser engraved. We use laser engraving throughout because it wont rub off or fade over time. In keeping with the rest of the amplifier it should perform as intended for a lifetime if well looked after.
We turn the control button and volume knob from high quality free machining brass. They are then polished manually before being chromed.
All moving parts are made with a tolerance of five hundredths of a millimeter. To ensure perfect fit and function.
At the front the volume knob is supported by dual race bearings for long term ultra smooth operation.
If you want to learn more about Temple Audio and our processes see the About Temple Audio page.