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NAD D 3020

Integrated amplifier with built-in digital-to-analog converter and Bluetooth®

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by David Brown
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Everything you always wanted in a stereo receiver, except the radio

An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.

A classic audiophile amp reborn for the digital age

Ask old-school audiophiles about the NAD 3020 and, chances are, you'll see a smile form on their face. The 3020 was a simple integrated amplifier that introduced a generation of music lovers to NAD's smooth tone and powerful output that punched harder than bigger, more "spec-heavy" amps. That's just what NAD has re-created with the D 3020 integrated amplifier. With a built-in digital-to-analog converter, Bluetooth streaming, and its array of digital inputs, the D 3020 is poised to introduce a new generation of digital music lovers to high-fidelity sound.

24-bit/96kHz DAC with asynchronous USB input

The original 3020 integrated amp had it easy. About the only source anyone hooked up to it was a turntable. But with so many digital music sources available now, NAD had to outfit the D 3020 with a first-class digital-to-analog converter capable of high-resolution playback. So this amp is ready for CD and Blu-ray players, network streaming devices, and more. There's also an asynchronous USB input for using your computer as a high-fidelity music source. For MacBook® users, the analog minijack input doubles as a mini-optical input — just like the headphone/optical output on your MacBook.

More power than you think

If you think 30 watts doesn't sound like much power, don't be fooled. Not all watts are created equal, and NAD has a long history of designing integrated amps that sound far bigger than their specs might lead you to believe. Highly efficient, this little amp is perfect for powering a pair of bookshelf speakers while delivering warm, detailed sound from digital and analog sources. Need to fill out the bottom end? Connect a powered sub to the D 3020's subwoofer preamp output.

Designed to fit in tight spaces

This isn't your everyday rack-style component. The compact and streamlined D 3020 can stand on its side for placement on a desktop or shelf. Or lay it down flat in your cabinet or rack. You won't find a lot of unnecessary buttons cluttering this amp's front panel. Just an extra-large volume knob and a button for toggling between sources. The display shows which source is selected, as well as the volume level. What more do you need? Maybe Bluetooth? You got it. Stream tunes wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer for convenient playback. 

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Highlights:

  • 30 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.005% THD
  • compact, low-profile design; vertical or horizontal orientation for placement flexibility
  • built-in 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter
  • asynchronous USB input for playback of high-resolution digital music files from a connected computer (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
  • 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
  • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
  • 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
  • 2-5/16"W x 7-3/8"H x 8-5/8"D (standing vertically)
  • weight: 3.05 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)
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30
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)
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Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)
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Frequency Bandwidth
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20-20k
THD
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0.005%
Minimum Impedance
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4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio
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90
Number of Inputs
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5
Phono Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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1
Width (inches)
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2-5/16
Height (inches)
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7-3/8
Depth (inches)
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9-3/4
Weight (pounds)
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3.05
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Hybrid digital amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • Toslink-to-3.5mm adapter
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Hybrid Digital Amplifier: The NAD D 3020 is a hybrid digital amplifier which incorporates NAD's PowerDrive and Soft Clipping technology for dynamic power, low distortion and noise, and minimal power consumption. Even at 30 watts x 2 channel, the D 3020 has the ability to drive difficult loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.

  • NAD PowerDrive Circuit: The D 3020 use NAD's proprietary PowerDrive amplifier technology that provides high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability. This uniquely efficient power supply topology provides the real world benefits of high dynamic power that remains uncompromised by low impedance speakers.
  • Soft Clipping: NAD's Soft Clipping circuit gently limits the output of the D 3020 to minimize audible distortion when the amplifier is over-driven. While Soft Clipping can be left on at all times to reduce the likelihood of audible distortion from excessive volume settings, you can also turn the circuit off for critical listening if you prefer.
  • NAD's Full Disclosure Power Ratings: NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufactures. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4 ohms and at 20Hz to 20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The NAD D 3020 is rated at 30 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, in 8-ohms, with 0.005% THD).
Note: The D 3020's highly efficient design wastes less energy resulting in cooler running and longer life; standby power consumption is <0.5W.

Bass EQ Circuit: An innovative Bass EQ circuit helps small speakers sound bigger without overdriving or damaging drivers.

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The NAD D 3020 hybrid digital amplifier incorporates an excellent quality 24-bit/192kHz DAC with 8 channels mixed to 2 channels for playback of your high-resolution digital music.

Asynchronous USB Input: The NAD D 3020 features an "asynchronous" USB (type-B) input to insure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from your connected Windows or Mac computer. The D 3020's USB input supports up to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution music files on your computer. The D 3020 is compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) or later version; no additional USB driver required. Its also compatible with Windows (XP service pack 2 or higher and 7); additional USB driver download required from NAD website.

Digital Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The NAD D3020 is fitted with one digital coaxial (RCA) input and one optical (toslink) digital input for connection of your digital audio sources; like CD and DVD players, satellite/cable boxes, or Apple TV.

Dual Analog Inputs: The  D3020 offers two analog inputs; a stereo RCA input and a 3.5mm Aux input. Use the stereo RCA input for older non-digital audio components, like your AM/FM tuner. Use the 3.5mm Aux input to connect your portable digital music player. The 3.5mm input can also be used as an optical input for Macbook laptop computers (miniplug-to-Toslink adapter included for use with an optical cable).

Bluetooth aptX Music Streaming: The NAD D 3020 offers built-in Bluetooth aptX technology. Via Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the hybrid digital amplifier. The D 3020 even supports aptX audio coding which delivers CD-quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth. The D 3020 is compatible with most Bluetooth devices (such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry). However, due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features.

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The NAD D 3020 hybrid digital amplifier is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect your loudspeakers. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bar wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (dual or single), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors.

Subwoofer Output: The NAD hybrid digital amplifier features a mono-minijack (3.5mm) subwoofer output for connecting an external powered subwoofer to your system.

Built-in Headphone Amp: The D 3020 features an integrated headphone amp with a 3.5mm headphone output jack to connect a pair of headphones for private listening. A specially designed low noise headphone circuitry accommodates a wide range of headphones, even 600-ohm studio models. Once headphones are connected to the D 3020, your connected speakers will be turned off.

IR Remote Control: The NAD D 3020 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the hybrid digital amplifier. You can turn amplifier on/off, raise/lower volume, and switch sources from the remote. The playback controls on the remote are not functional.

+12V Trigger Input: The +12V trigger input (3.5mm) lets you turn on/off the D 3020 from another device with a +12V trigger output.

Vertical or Horizontal Mounting: The NAD D 3020 can be installed vertically or horizontally. Eight self-adhesive rubber feet are included.

 
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4 out of 5

Little Powerhouse

Written By JWUC, Austin, TX on Friday, September 05, 2014
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I have this hooked up to some DIY bookshelf speakers based off of the Midnight Sensations MTM design and hooked up to my Computer. I can say that it's a pretty good little amp/DAC and it drives my speakers well. I do love the amount of inputs that it has and especially the blutooth connectivity. It was because of the number of inputs and the DAC that it won out over my other Choice: The Emotiva mini-X a-100
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5 out of 5

Excellent Integrated Amp

Written By Stephen A, Hollywood, FL on Monday, August 18, 2014
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Excellent and very cool looking product. Design is space saving, with enough inputs to make this a worthwhile investment. Pumps out great sound driving Boston Acoustics VR M60 Lynnfield bookshelf speakers. DAC makes computer streaming sound great.
Pros:
Great design. Puts out much more sound than 30 watts per channel would suggest. Excellent built-in DAC and headphone amp.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Amplifier

Written By Brien B, Charlotte, NC on Monday, May 26, 2014
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Bought this to power some NHT SB2 Loudspeakers in a bedroom setup. They are perfect for the task.
Pros:
Compact Unit, Excellent Sound Quality, Simple to Use, Digital Inputs
Cons:
None really. It would be nice if it had slightly more power because my speakers are not the most efficient pair, but it is more than adequate for the current task.
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3 out of 5

Good but annoying

Written By rick422, northbrook, il. on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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The NAD d 3020 is definitely compact, very good sound as a step up from computer audio, and usable in a basic audiophile system like I tried in my home office. But the functional aspects are among the most annoying I have ever used. The touch sensitive mode selector is on a different side than the volume, which can work based on set up., but on the side its inconvenient. Vertical its prone to tip over at the slightest bump. The remote is ridiculous... small black unit with functions in recessed black.. had to hold it at an angle in the light to see the functions... how much can a dab of color cost? or embossing? makes no sense. Now for the sound, its pretty good. I sold a peachtree nova due to size, and the NAD is not quite as full sounding. Then I tredi a Teac 501 integrated amp and its a big step up in bass, sound stage, detail, and overall sonic capabilities. The Teac is new and perhaps a bit brighter than the NAD, but immensely more musical.
Pros:
compact, pretty good sound
Cons:
configuration and layout inconvenient
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5 out of 5

Great Sound in a Small Space

Written By MikeJ, Columbia, MO on Friday, May 02, 2014
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I needed a small receiver that balanced quality sound with a small footprint. I wanted it to blend into a small living room but still pack a pretty good punch when needed. I was also looking for receiver that had enough inputs that (1) it would not get quickly dated, and (2) would work well if I eventually wanted to use it with an AV setup instead of as a strictly audio receiver.

The NAD D 3020 has been the perfect choice so far. It's connected to a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 speakers, and the combination makes for an incredible audio experience for less than $1,000 (and using only about 2 square feet of table space). I use it with Bluetooth when I want convenience, and I use the USB input with a Surface Pro when I want top-quality sound. I've had no problems with either connection. I assumed the USB would be tricky, put it just meant downloading a driver.

Overall it's a great system that sounds incredible, looks cool, seems well built, and has the inputs to last for years to come.
Pros:
Small footprint Great sound Plenty of inputs (both digital and analog)
Cons:
I'm not a real fan of the display. I'd prefer a real power button and a more precise idea of the volume. These aren't exactly problems, but if I were designing the next model, I'd change these.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

NAD D 3020

Written By Anonymous, Tacoma, WA on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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This little amp is amazing. It fits in my little space with great connectivity to all the latest digital inputs as well an an analog input. It meets all my needs and sounds great to boot
Pros:
See above.
Cons:
Wish it had a second analog input.
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4 out of 5

NAD D 3020

Written By Eliseo, Puerto Rico on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Compré el NAD 3020 por todos los accesorios que trae pero al probarlo con mis bocinas torres Energy RF 500 noto que el sonido era muy opaco para la calidad de un amplificador de renombre como éste. Lo devuelvo y pido un Yamaha A-S500 y las bocinas me suenan igual, entendí que no era el NAD si no que mis bocinas estaban defectuosas. Exelente servicio de Crutchfield entrega rápida incluso a devolver el nad y recibir el Yamaha todo fue super rápido. Exelente servicio de Crutchfield y muy buena orientación de su equipo de apoyo.

I bought the NAD 3020 because of all the accessories it had included but after trying it out with my Energy RF 500 I noticed the sound to be very opaque for the quality of an amplifier of such high marks like this one. I returned it and ordered the Yamaha A-S500 and the speakers sound the same, I figured out that it was the speakers that were defective and not the receiver. Crutchfield's service was excellent and the delivery was fast even with the return of the NAD and the delivery of the Yamaha, everything was super-fast. Crutchfield's service was excellent as well as good orientation from their support team.
Pros:
Todo los accesorios como wifi, DAC, Bluetooth. All the accessories like wifi, DAC and Bluetooth.
Cons:
Precio. Price.
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5 out of 5

Great amp

Written By Anonymous, Savannah, Georgia on Monday, March 17, 2014
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Great little amp. It was perfect for my needs, I use my tv as a switcher now and this little guy powers my nht speakers plenty strong for good clean sound. Only one analog input, but who needs them with all the digital sources today. Couldn't ask for a better product from NAD, they did it again.
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3 out of 5

NAD D 3020

Written By JVB, Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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This is my first NAD product and it sounds great. I have it hooked up to Triad Silver Omni in-room speakers. I really like the size and the fact that I can stream my music from my Nexus 7 or Moto X using BlueTooth. Why three stars? It appears I have a faulty unit. The display lights up all/random icons. I never know what source is selected or volume level. I tried to contact NAD directly but have not heard anything from them. I was wondering if a firmware fix would solve the issue. Who knows! I finally contacted Crutchfield and they are sending out an exchange. Kudos for the Crutchfield support. No hassle and responded back quickly.
Pros:
Size an sound. Love being able to stream via BT.
Cons:
Faulty unit and NAD support no existent!
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5 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By AlanG, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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The D3020 is replacing a 12 year old 40 pound Marantz Reference Integrated (100 wpc) amp.This little amp is fantastic! It drives my 4 - ohm Martin Logan towers with authority, bass is very tight and well defined. I use the Bluetooth feature from my phone and ipod, the digital input from my BluRay / CD player and the analog input is connected to my turntable (i have a phono pre-amp). Its quite small and build quality seems to be very good, overall it made me very happy.
Pros:
sound quality * sub-woofer out * small / light weight * 2 ohm stable
Cons:
I wish the volume display scale was adjusted, it doesn't put out much sound until i get to -40 and lower. It starts at -100 and goes down from there
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4 out of 5

Great Little Amp

Written By Dave, Upstate New York on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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This amp replaced a Pioneer VSX-819 5.1 amp that was about 5 years old. I wanted to upgrade my equipment and I only use 2 floor-standing JBL's and a sub so the 5.1 AV was not needed. When connecting my components the first this I noticed was the bass was much louder. This little NAD pushed way more bass to my floor-standing speaker. To the point that I know longer need to use my JBL Sub. This was surprising to me especially because I listen to a lot of Electronic and Hip Hop music. I also use this amp for tv and movies. I was heals back at first purchasing this amp because of the lack of Dolby digital. I do not seem to hear much of a difference in sound as far as movies go.
Pros:
Small size.
Cons:
Volume is really low until -40. -20 makes big jumps in loudness.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent !

Written By cwbidaho, Moscow ID on Sunday, December 01, 2013
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This is clearly an amplifier for the digital age, but sound quality is excellent - clean, detailed, and very smooth. It easily drives less-efficient speakers (my vintage Advent), as well as my very efficient JBL studio monitors. I am totally pleased!
Pros:
Very simple to use, and is small enough to fit anywhere. Very clean styling; though a bit unconventional.
Cons:
If you like to fiddle with controls (tone, balance, etc.) this unit may not be for you - there aren't any. The display is vertical only; looks strange if amp is placed horizontally.
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5 out of 5

Great Desktop Amp

Written By Tom, Rochester NY on Monday, November 25, 2013
 
Had completed the latest round of system upgrades throughout the house & patio, heavily anchored by NAD/PSB/Bluesound -- but no changes to PC/office for a long time. Still had NuForce uDac feeding Bose Companion IIs, a far cry from what I was hearing in other rooms. Speakers were the obvious start, and considered PSB powered Alphas, but really didn't want to mess with a sub in that room (they NEED a sub). Considered the NAD D1050 DAC, but in the end knew I'd really prefer an amp with passive speakers. Looked at several amps in the same price range as the D3020, liked the NAD sound as always, so got it -- then agonized for several weeks over the best speakers to go along with it. Not a lot out there that can go fairly low (enough to not really NEED a sub) and yet small enough to not be overbearing on my desk. I already had PSB Minis as surrounds in the living room, so tried those, and it is a perfect pairing. I play FLAC files ranging from ripped CDs to 24/192 HDTracks files via JRiver (yes, it plays 24/192 just fine over USB, although it's technically a 24/96 input -- that was a concern for me initially). The remote is good enough, while the headphone amp is very good. I'm using Audioquest cables, USB Cinnamon and Type 4 speaker cable w/banana plugs, speakers on trimmed-down Auralex Speaker Dudes. Will be upgrading the USB cable soon, just can't help myself :) The D3020/Mini combination is actually more than I'd ever need in that room, but it sounds SO good!!
Pros:
Size on desktop, rich sound, plenty of power for small room, flexible inputs, huge bang for the buck
Cons:
hold on, I'm thinking...nope, none, considering the price range
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazing Little Amp

Written By Undrgnd40, Minnesota on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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This amp kicks out some unreal sound for its size and power rating! I have Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers and a 20 yr old pair of Infinity Modulus mini monitors that both sound fantastic driven with this amp. Highly recommended for those who value excellent musical sound quality.
Pros:
Great sound, small size.
Cons:
I dislike the power and source buttons.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NAD Does It Again

Written By kirkaw, Sugar Land, TX on Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Extraordinary value! Using as my desktop amp in my home office. Very musical. Detail and soundstage at this price is exceptional. Surprisingly comparable to my audiophile main system costing over 10 times as much! Paired with Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's. Perfect match. I was blown away! Forgiving of poor quality CD rips, yet handles the hi-def from HDTracks, SACD's and DVD-A with ease. Worthy of it's namesake from what I have read. Bonus - Not a bad little HP amp. Highly recommended!
Pros:
Price Quality sound Size - perfect for desktop Nice remote Cool looking - great design Very high WAF (wife acceptance factor) - She thinks it is cool and is amazed by the sound. Asks why I spent so much on the other "big system."
Cons:
On Off switch annoying until you get use to. Same with source selection.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sweeeet !!!

Written By Don, Connecticut on Friday, October 18, 2013
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I have tried several USB DAC/Amps and Asynchronous USB DAC with separate Amp combinations. This beats them all !!! Sounds great with my Audioengine P4 Speakers. I can't detect any jitter at all.

Yes, this Hybrid DAC/Amp is a bit expensive, but if you want clean sounding music when listening to iTunes on your PC, then you can go wrong with the NAD D 3020. I couldn't find any lower cost alternatives that provided clean, jitter-less sound.
Pros:
- Very clean sound when listening to Jazz Sax and Acoustic Guitar music which I love. I can play all my music in iTunes without any EQ settings. - Compact unit that can be placed on its side or standing upright. - Remote to control device from a distance. - Lots of different inputs - USB, RCA, Optical, etc.
Cons:
- Remote lettering and symbols the same color as the remote (black). You have to squint to see the icons for the controls. Once you get used to them, it doesn't really matter.
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3 questions already asked

When using a subwoofer are there options for setting the main speakers low frequency cut-off? [ Christopher  Sep 17, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • Chris: Unfortunately it does not have a low freq cut-off. I love this thing. It sound awesome for a little amp. [ Lawrence   Sep 18, 2014 ]
  • I contacted NAD about this. I was told that when the sub-out is engaged, its pre-set at 100hz for the sub out (low pass) and the speaker-out crossover (high pass) is also 100hz [ JAMES   Sep 18, 2014 ]
  • No, it is fixed. [ Maynard   Sep 18, 2014 ]
How do you connect powered subwoofers using the minijack out on this? Do any powered subwoofers accept mini-jack inputs, or are adapters necessary? [ James P.  Jan 12, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Yes, as a matter of fact im using a sub-woofer with the D3020. For most and in my case it requires a converter/adapter cable (mini-jack to RCA). It works and sounds great with my Polk Sub-woofer! [ JAMES   Jan 13, 2014 ]
I'm interested in the 3020 for a desktop computer system I'm beginning to assemble based on the many rave reviews it has received. However, I'm a little confused as to why NAD did not opt for a 24/192 DAC instead of a 24/96. This doesn't seem to make any sense when many lesser priced components from other companies do utilize the higher rate DACs in similar products. The same might be asked as to why NAD did not incorporate DSD decoding ability since that seems to be such a hot commodity of late. Are these missing abilities going to be a severe drawback for a computer music system or am I just not seeming the big picture here? [ Robert  Jan 06, 2014 ]
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  • The D 3020 supports 24/192 via optical/coaxial inputs; the USB is limited to 24/96. If you go to NAD website and download the "DATA SHEET" it states: "> 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." [ PAUL D   Jan 12, 2014 ]
  • The key thing on the D 3020 is that NAD is following on the original 1970s 3020 by providing outstanding sound with basic features at attractive price. A manufacturer can always add more features and increase the price. As it is, the D 3020 sounds excellent in my study with MacPro source and JBL Studio Monitor speakers. If you peruse any technical articles or reviews, you will find that there is much more to the sound of a DAC than bit/sample rate number. Of course there are cheapie DACs, as well as good ones at $500 and $5000. And there is a difference; you get what you pay for. If you want to experience the full effect of studio-quality uncompressed data files at 24/192 you should probably buy a good DAC, quality amplifier, and appropriate speakers. You won't hear any benefit on a "budget" system. If you need the small physical footprint of the NAD, you should perhaps consider the D 7050. Though it is twice the price, it has the more sophisticated DAC, and a bit more power in the same vertical case as the D 3020. [ CHESTER W   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Hello, As I don't work for NAD, I can't answer your questions definitively, but I'll do my best. I would imagine that NAD neglected to put a 24/192 DAC in the d3020 for two reasons. One, doing so would have eliminated any reason for someone to buy the DAC-only device in this lineup (the d1050 I think, can't remember). Two, including a 24/192 DAC in the d3020 would have pushed its price point up too high, or at least higher than that which NAD was aiming for. As to whether having a 24/192 capable DAC will degrade your listening experience or not, I suppose that depends on what you'll be listening to. It is VERY rare to come across music in true 24/192 form. For the most part, the only reason any music exists in the 192kHz format is for studio editing. So, if you're planning on using this unit to playback audio you've been editing, to listen for minute changes you've made in the range above 96kHz, then yes, I suppose you'd be better off with a unit that can handle that format. In any other scenario, the lack of 24/192 ability will almost definitely not make a difference. It's somewhat common for audiophiles like us to get caught up in having the absolute best, newest, highly-capable everything. Some of that, however, just isn't worth the price of admission. There's a reason why this unit is $500. That reason is because it's free of a lot of that kind of stuff. Finally, let me just say that I received one of the very first D 3020s to ship, and have been living with it for several months now. It's an absolutely excellent digital amp, and I could not be happier with it. I've read several of the reviews for it, and they're all spot on. This is, without a doubt, the best $500 you can spend on a digital amp, no problem. Before buying my D 3020, I did extensive research into competing products, only to discover that there weren't any really. [ JOHN   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Don't know, I have it on Hi fi system. [ HARVEY   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • From a marketing perspective, having a 24/192 DAC would be a good thing. But, NAD has never been a company to get caught up in specifications. Amplifier power, for example, is always conservatively rated from NAD. In the end, it is a solid product that delivers great sound at a great price . IMO, the DAC rate is a non-issue. Very little source material is available at 24/192 anyway - only from HDTracks (or similar) and certainly not iTunes/Amazon. I'm not sure it is even possible to hear the difference between 24/96 and 24/192. Don't let the specifications alone drive your decision. [ Maynard   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • I doubt very much that there is anything that can be heard or felt above 96Khz. I think that the 192 stuff is another audiophile red herring. My two cents. [ James   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • sorry this is my first amplifier and i only used it for a CD player. i don't have much idea how it performs for the desktop system. [ fan   Jan 06, 2014 ]

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