NAD have never been strangers to great reviews, but their current philosophy of integrating leading edge digital and analogue technologies with unorthodox designs has clearly paid off big time.
The stand-out product that illustrates this philosophy best is the D3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
NAD’s D3020 hybrid digital amplifier
is a revolutionary product. The engine room is a Class D digital amplifier designed in conjunction with Hypex
, a Dutch specialist digital amplifier manufacturer. It’s rated output power is 30W at 8 ohms - which doesn’t look like a lot on paper - but as with the original 3020 (and most of NAD’s amplifiers), it can outperform lesser amps with 100w + of power in their spec sheets.
The amplifier is truly ready for the digital age, with a pair of optical digital inputs, coaxial digital in and asynchronous mode USB input that supports 24 bit/96kHz connections and virtually eliminates timing errors and jitter. Bluetooth audio delivers pure sound from your smartphone via the latest aptX format for superior sound quality and reduced power usage compared to Wi-Fi.
Analog inputs include a stereo RCA input and a mini-jack input for iPods and other portable devices. A dedicated subwoofer output is provided, as is a dedicated headphone amplifier that delivers the goods to headphone lovers.
Recommended retail price for the D3020 is $799. Come on in
to hear it for yourself!
NAD D3020 Reviews
Here's what the world's hi-fi writers have to say about the D3020:
"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
Find out more about the D3020 and read even more reviews on the NAD website >>