This amplifier has won critical acclaim in 2014 with multiple audio reviewers awarding it a five star ratings. Taking entry level amplificatiion to a new level, this unit is simply superb value for money and should be at the top of your entry level list. Here's what some of the experts are saying...
"Simply put, the louder you drive it, the better it gets."
AV Forums — 2014 Highly Recommended Award
"Speaking of sonic performance, the D 3020 for all its humble appearance is pure NAD. It's firmly midrange-centered in its balance and never over-reaches in the sense of growing shrill on top or tubby on the bottom."
The Absolute Sound — 2014 Affordable Integrated Amp of the Year
"Perfect starting point for anyone building a first separates system, and has the wherewithal to withstand later upgrades elsewhere in the set-up. Looks like NAD has done it again, doesn't it?" Gramophone — December 2014 Product of the Month
"It accepts digital and analog sources and will drive pretty much any pair of speakers you care to connect. And it will sound amazing. What's not to love?"
Secrets of Home Theater and High-Fidelity — 2014 Best Desktop Amplifier
"Will it be the component that introduces a new generation of music lovers to true high-fidelity sound? I don't know, but it has every right to be."
Stereophile — 2014 Budget Component of the Year
"The D 3020's bold, hybrid design marked the beginning of a new era of digital integrated amplifiers, and despite the surge of new rivals fiercely vying for top spot, this talented amplifier firmly holds on to its crown."
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision — Winner of 2014 Digital Stereo Amp Shootout
The original 3020 stereo amplifier made NAD famous, and they have built on that legacy for several decades, producing many excellent stereo and surround sound amplifiers. Their work on high-end digital amplification was rewarded with the big M2 being cited as Product Of The Year 2010 by The Absolute Sound, and given the TAS Editor’s Award in 2012. That amplifier remains a Class A Recommended Component by Stereophile in 2013’s lists.
The new D3020 recalls those beginnings while bringing the recent experience with digital amplifiers to bear on the evergreen “entry level” stereo integrated amplifier class. Digital amplifiers are efficient, clear-sounding and able to accept a variety of digital inputs – all of this with the proviso that they are properly designed and built! NAD’s new direction is not just about the digital aspect, but also addresses the physical reality of today – combining the latest in audio, digital storage and streaming, and then making it fit on a desktop adjacent to whatever computer you’re using. The same approach has been emerging in respect of add-on DACs, and once again NAD have heeded this trend with the D1050 DAC.
At 30w x 2 into 8 ohms, the D3020 is powerful enough to drive most common types of speaker, although those with efficiency rated at 89dB or higher are to be preferred. There’s a DAC built in, capable of using sampling rates up to 24bit/96kHz. Inputs include an asynchronous USB, Bluetooth, Analogue Stereo, Optical and Coaxial digital. Apart from the speaker outputs there’s a headphone output as well.
(For a larger integrated amplifier with even more connection possibilities, see the D7050
30 watts x 2 into 8 ohms• Compact, low-profile design; vertical or horizontal orientation for placement flexibility• 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter for playback of high-resolution digital music• Asynchronous USB input for connecting a computer• Bluetooth wireless connectivity for streaming music from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers• AptX® encoding provide high-quality music streaming from compatible devices• 1 pair of analog stereo (RCA) inputs• Miniplug analog input for connecting an iPod or other portable player• Can also be used as an optical input for Macbook laptop computers; miniplug-to-Toslink adapter included for use with an optical cable• Standard Toslink optical digital input• Coaxial digital input• Stereo binding-post speaker terminals• Dedicated mono RCA output for powered subwoofer• Built-in headphone amplifier with 3.5mm minijack output• 12-volt trigger output• Remote control• 59 x 187 x 219mm (whd - standing vertically)• weight: 1.38kg.