NAD D 3020 Integrated Amplifier
Modern Marvel: 24-bit/96kHz DAC, aptX Bluetooth, Headphone Amp, and Sound of NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amp Rival Success of the Original 3020
The original NAD 3020 amplifier changed the landscape for audiophiles on a budget. NAD's D 3020 hybrid digital integrated amplifier is doing the same. A great-sounding amplifier first, D 3020 also comes equipped with an asynchronous 24-bit/96k DAC, aptX Bluetooth music streaming, digital and analog inputs, a fantastic-sounding headphone amplifier, remote control and much more. Find out why The Absolute Sound calls it “a small miracle of packaging and portability.”
The original 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 3020 between their turntable and their loudspeakers. This little gem embarrassed amplifiers costing 10 times more with its big, warm and detailed sound.
Today, the source is more likely to be a computer or smartphone than a turntable. But the ability to choose speakers that perfectly suit your taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to a NAD amplifier. D 3020 stars with the original NAD concept and takes it straight to the 21st century using the latest high speed digital technology.
There are inputs for your computer and for other digital and analog sources. The USB input uses 'asynchrounous' mode to insure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from notoriously unstable computer audio outputs and supports 24-bit/96k HD studio master music files. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be connected, from CD and DVD disc players, to set top boxes like AppleTV or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analog inputs for iPods and older non-digital audio components like FM tuners.
D 3020, with its wireless Bluetooth capability, can stream music from smartphones, tablets, and laptops. It even supports the highest audio quality Bluetooth aptX that is becoming more popular for its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.
Power output may sound small at 30 watts per channel, but like all NAD amplifiers, this can be very misleading as a properly designed 30W amplifier can often sound superior to a 100W amplifier from a lesser brand. More important, D 3020 can drive real loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion. It's highly efficient design wastes less energy resulting in cool running and longer life. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.
Supplied with an IR Remote Control for convenience, the D 3020 is at home on a desk top, a book shelf or cabinet. But it deserves to sit on a pedestal for its incredible performance and affordable price!
"If computer audio is your primary source for music, and Bluetooth capability is a must, then the D 3020 makes a compelling argument. The other argument is, hello, its price tag of $499, making it by most standards a small miracle of packaging and portability..."
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
"This was the most fun I've ever had with hi-fi. More than just a great value, the D 3020 is made to provide lasting enjoyment. In an ideal world, it would even be a sort of status symbol."
– Stephen Mejias, Stereophile
- 2 x 30W @ 0.00% THD, >100W Dynamic Power @ 4 Ohms
- aptX Bluetooth Music Streaming
- 24bit/96k Asynchronous USB input (type B)
- Optical and Coaxial Digital Inputs, analog inputs
- Subwoofer Output
- Bass EQ setting
- Separate Headphone Amplifier
- Wireless Remote