Our take on the NAD D 3020 Digital Amplifier
Meaning “true to the original”, high fidelity has been NAD’s focus since the 70’s. The D 3020 amplifier was made to recreate that sound that over a million people rediscovered in the 1970’s when they place a NAD 3020 in between their turntable and loudspeakers. With a reasonable price this amplifier embarrasses the competition, creating a much better sound at a much lower price.
Reinventing an Icon the D 3020
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 their loudspeakers. This little gem could embarrass amplifiers costing 10 times more with its big, warm and detailed sound. Once people realized what they had been missing it lead them to a lifetime of enhanced musical enjoyment.
Real World Performance
NAD rewrote the rules for amplifiers by designing the 3020 for the real world; instead of allowing laboratory test equipment to have the last word, we made sure that we could properly drive real loudspeakers with real music. The result of this real world approach was an amplifier that had less cost and more sound.
Today the source is more likely to be a computer or a smart phone then a turntable, but the ability to choose speakers that perfectly suit your taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to a NAD amplifier. The D 3020 stars with the original NAD concept and takes it straight to the 21st century using the latest high speed digital technology.
Connect All Your Digital Devices
There are inputs for your computer and for other digital and analog sources. The USB input uses asynchronous mode to insure 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 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.
The D 3020, with its wireless Bluetooth capability, can stream music from smartphones, tablets and laptops and even supports the highest audio quality Bluetooth aptX that is becoming more and more popular for its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.
Power That Really Delivers
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, the D 3020 can drive real loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion. Its 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!
D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
- 2 x 30W @ 0.00% THD, >100W Dynamic Power @ 4 Ohms
- aptX Bluetooth Music Streaming
- 24/96 Asynchronous USB input (type B)
- Optical and Coaxial Digital Inputs, analog inputs
- Subwoofer Output
- Bass EQ setting
- Separate Headphone Amplifier
- Wireless Remote
Overall OK but a bit pricey
Hook up the amp to my laptop and listened to a number of songs for approx 5hrs so far. The sound I can say is clean and balanced. It may not be best match for the speakers I had as I have to crank up the vol knob till -20db for the sound level I like. I would have wish for the sound to be bit more warm but then as I say it could be my speakers. I am going to try another pair of speakers next. For