NAD D 3020
Digital Amplifier / DAC
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NAD D 3020 Digital Amplifier / DAC

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The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of Music Lovers to true high fidelity sound. The term High Fidelity literally means 'true to the original'. In the 70s over a million people rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable and loudspeakers. This little gem embarrassed amplifiers costing 10 times more with its big, warm, detailed sound.

Once people realised what they had been missing it lead them to a lifetime of enhanced musical enjoyment. Today, the source is more likely to be a computer or smartphone than a turntable, but the ability to choose speakers that perfectly suit one's taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to a NAD amplifier. The D 3020 starts with the original NAD 3020 concept and takes it straight to the 21st century using the latest high-speed digital technology.

Reinventing an Icon: By adapting to today's media sources and using state-of-the-art digital technology for the new world of digital music, the D 3020 puts a completely modern spin on an old icon. The original designer of the 3020, NAD's Director of Advanced Technology, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, has been pivotal in developing the D 3020 for the new digital generation. Offering an excellent quality 24/192 DAC with 8 channels mixed to 2 for improved resolution, the D 3020 represents the same kind of value-bending innovation that gave the original 3020 its legendary overachieving phono stage.

Real World Performance: NAD rewrote the rules for amplifiers when designing the original 3020. Instead of letting laboratory test equipment have the last word, we made sure that we could properly drive real loudspeakers with real music for the real world. The D 3020 lives up to this promise through a unique implementation of NAD PowerDrive developed by Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, that allows low impedance drive (current) and high dynamic power (voltage) at vanishingly low distortion levels. This refinement of PowerDrive combined with a precision soft clipping circuit, lets the D 3020 sound even more powerful than it already is. An innovative Bass EQ circuit helps small speakers sound big without overdriving or damaging ported woofers.

More Connected: The D 3020 offers inputs for your computer and other digital and analogue sources. The USB input uses 'asynchronous' mode to ensure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from notoriously unstable computer audio outputs, and supports 24/96 HD studio master music files. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be connected, from CD and DVD players, to set top boxes, media streamers like AppleTV, or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analogue inputs for iPods and non-digital audio components like FM tuners.

Stream with Bluetooth: The D 3020 delivers the convenience of wireless streaming with its Bluetooth capability. Stream all your music from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The D 3020 even supports the highest audio quality Bluetooth aptX that is becoming ever more popular for its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.

Type Integrated
Number of channels 2
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20 kHz
Tone controls? No
Max power output into 8 Ohms 30W x 2
Analogue RCA input 1
Optical digital input 2
Coaxial digital input 1
Bluetooth input? Yes
Dedicated turntable input? No
USB connection? Yes
XLR inputs? No
Analogue RCA Output No
Headphone output? Yes
XLR outputs? No
Subwoofer output? Yes
Remote control? Yes
Product dimensions (mm) (W) 58 x (H) 186 x (D) 219
Weight 2.1
Auto Power Off? Yes
Standby Consumption (W) 0.5
Hi-Fi Choice
"That rich, fruity bass is there, as is a lively midband that's bristling with detail and a wide, expansive soundstage." The D 3020 truly is a modern compact amp package that covers all bases with a striking 'stand-up' design, specially developed audio circuitry and aptX Bluetooth, which, according to Hi-Fi Choice, represents the future of integrated amplifiers.
What Hi-Fi
"A truly hybrid stereo amplifier, the D 3020 is an inviting prospect for anyone whose sole music system is a laptop or smartphone and has been too intimated to join the world of hi-fi." "It's a delightful, toe-tapping performance that really communicates the essence of the song." Read the full review in the May 2014 edition of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision.
Hi-Fi World
In the write up, Hi-Fi World editor Jon Lyle called NAD's new innovative approach to Class-D amplifier designs "amongst the best" and "something very few other standalone amplifiers can offer", which earned the D 3020 a perfect award verdict and five Hi-Fi World globes.
AV Forums
"The D 3020 is all the amp you need to enjoy a truly engrossing sound and will hopefully set a new generation of people on the path of high quality audio." Read the full review here.
Stephen Mejias wrote in the October 2013 Sterephile review that "I was bowled over by the sound, which easily matched the best I'd ever heard at home ... the D 3020 intelligently reflects today's musical landscape. " Read the full review here.