Question Advice on good Amp for Totem Sttaf w/- or w/o digital connectivity

marco oderzo

Novice Member
Hi all,

I am new to the forum and I came here to ask for guidance to chose a good amp that can do justice to a pair of Sttaf, given the set-up mentioned below. I am happy to consider second-hand equipment. My budget is 700-800 euro.

System set-up: Macbook Air (early 2015) as audio source + ChromeCast Audio to be connected to the amp (ideally via toslink, if the amp offers digital connectivity and a better DAC than the ChromeCast Audio). The intention is to stream good audio quality.

So far, I have been advised to focus on a good amp like the Cambridge 840 (hard to find in the sh market) or the NAD 3020 (no in-built DAC). As I know very little about amps, I still don't know whether i) to focus on a Toslink IN-enabled amp (with better DAC than the ChromeCast Audio) or, ii) to compromise on the DAC conversion offered by the Google streamer and focus on the overall quality of the stereo amplification.

So, it would be great if you could give me your opinion and a list of amps to seek in the second hand market :)
 

hayche

Active Member
I would save up a little longer and look at a Hegel H80 if you want digital inputs. I think the staffs deserve good quality power at around 80 watt minimum. Rega Elex-r would be a good match but no digital inputs so you would need to buy a dac.
 

marco oderzo

Novice Member
I would save up a little longer and look at a Hegel H80 if you want digital inputs. I think the staffs deserve good quality power at around 80 watt minimum. Rega Elex-r would be a good match but no digital inputs so you would need to buy a dac.
Thanks a lot for the pointers! I am going to have a look in hifi-shark if I can find any around here :)
 

arb70sok

Active Member
You might be saving for a while. New, the Hegel is well over twice your stated budget.
Looks like an excellent amp though, with all of the digital inputs you are looking for.

Hegel H80 - £1,350 - Integrated amplifiers

I suspect there may be other possibilities that might be easier to pick up 2nd hand and less expensive.
 

ozzzy189

Distinguished Member
Lejonklou Tundra stereo power amplifier? Used, around £1200
 

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