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Temple Audio Bantam FAQ

What speakers can I use with the Bantam?
Almost anything!

Our customers have used the Bantam to power everything from basic speakers like KEF Codas, single driver full range systems, horn loaded speakers like Lowther corner horns, all the way up to exotic speakers such as electrostatics.

Its modern design produces a stunning effortless sound with the most difficult to drive speakers.

We recommend speakers of 86dB and above to get adequate volume in the home environment.

The Bantam speaker output is fully protected to prevent any damage to your speakers or the Bantam itself under any circumstances.

Will the Bantam be powerful enough for my speakers?
If your current amplifier is 100 watts or below, the answer is most likely yes.

But there is a more important figure than the power rating of your speakers, which is the sensitivity.
The Bantam should be used with speakers of 86dB or above.

The final and hardest peice of the puzzle is your personal opinion on what is loud.
The Bantam is fine for most people, but if you prefer to listen to your music so loud your ears hurt, the Bantam probably isnt ideal for you.

In the past it has been necessary to get an amplifier specified for high power, as this ensures it has low distortion in the usable power range (up to 10 watts for the home environment).

Rather than join the arms race of more power (and more distortion). The Bantam focuses on getting as low distortion as possible in the power range you actually use.

A 100 watt amplifier may stop sounding acceptable at about 8 watts, the Bantam goes all the way to its maximum and the quality remains good.

The Bantam is fully protected so you can use it right up to its maximum power without any issues.

I have read alot of comments in your feedback about the Bantam revealing the 3D soundstage and positioning of the instruments? How is 3d position possible in a stereo audio system?

It works in the same way that you currently hear 3d sounds with just 2 ears.

You cant 'feel' which direction a sound is coming from, but the brain is quite smart at picking direction information up from the small differences in the timing of what is heard in your right and left hears.
For example a sound from your left will reach your left ear microseconds before your rightThe brain has evolved to pick up on this difference, giving very good directional appreciation from 2 ears.

To get the most out of this effect you need a good, well setup stereo speaker system, and properly recorded sound. But the information is all there in a good music track.