The original NAD 3020 stereo amplifier introduced an entire generation of music lovers to true high-fidelity sound. It was the 1970s, and over a million people rediscovered their music when they placed the NAD 3020 between their turntable and their loudspeakers. The powerful yet unassuming 3020 wowed listeners with its big, warm and detailed sound. To honour this legendary amplifier, NAD released the D 3020 to coincide with NAD’s 40th anniversary. Picking up the torch once held by its predecessor, the D 3020 encompasses all that made the 3020 great, while still embracing the innovative technologies of today. Featuring inputs for both digital and analogue sources, the D 3020 is incredibly adaptable when it comes to integrating with one’s home audio system. Thanks to its Bluetooth capability, the D 3020 can stream music from any mobile devices. Delivering a performance that is both expansive and immersive, the D 3020 ensures that you hear your favourite tracks in the best audio quality possible.
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 amplifi ers 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 refi nement 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.
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 fi les. 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.
Power that Really Delivers
Power output may sound small at 30W per channel, but like all NAD amplifi ers this is very misleading, as a properly designed 30W amplifi er can sound superior to a 100W amplifi er from a lesser brand. With its very small form factor, the D 3020 will astound many for its ability to drive diffi cult loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.
Mean and Green
The D 3020’s highly effi cient design wastes less energy, requiring only 20% of the power needed by traditional Hi-Fi amplifi ers. It’s like trading in a gas guzzling car for a hybrid vehicle. Standby power consumption is a miniscule <0.5W. NAD has taken amplifi cation to new lows, with lower distortion, lower noise, and lower power consumption. NAD’s major focus is to find new technology that improves musical performance while consuming less power and using fewer non-renewable resources in manufacturing.
Features & specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 30
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 90
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback FLAC, WAV
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input Type-B
Preamp Outputs Sub
Headphone Output 3.5mm
Width (inches) 2-5/16
Height (inches) 7-3/8
Depth (inches) 9-3/4
Weight (pounds) 3.05