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NAD D 7050

Direct Digital Network Amplifier with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and Apple AirPlay®

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Modern features, classic sound

NAD has been designing great-sounding audio gear for decades. Their integrated amplifiers have long been favorites in the audiophile community as well as with our customers. Now, they've combined their old-school sound with the modern convenience of digital music in their D 7050 Direct Digital Network Amplifier. With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, this amp can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing with classic NAD sound.

Built-in Wi-Fi

When it comes to music listening, nothing beats the convenience of wireless streaming — as long as you don't have to jump through too many hoops to get there. That's why the D 7050 offers lots of ways to get the music playing easily and quickly. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you get connected to your wireless home network without running an Ethernet cable from your router. But if a wired connection suits your needs, there's an Ethernet port on the rear panel, too.

AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Spotify® on board

The D 7050 features built-in Apple AirPlay, so you can stream music from your iPhone® or iPad®, including from apps like Spotify® and YouTube™. If you have a networked computer running iTunes®, you can also use AirPlay to send music from your music library to the D 7050 for playback. If your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same network as your computer, than use the Apple Remote app to control iTunes playback. Even without AirPlay or Wi-Fi, you can enjoy instant wireless music streaming over Bluetooth from any compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you're a Spotify® premium subscriber, a network connection lets you stream the popular music service's massive catalogue wirelessly with the D 7050 using the Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet.

NAD D 7050 direct digital network amplifier

The compact D 7050 can rest vertically or horizontally, so it can fit in just about any room. The source and volume display even reorients itself automatically.

24-bit/96kHz asynchronous USB input

Not interested in wireless streaming? You can still use your computer as a music source by connecting it to the D 7050's asynchronous USB input. This connection improves your computer's sound and is capable of playing high-resolution music files for sound quality that even trumps CDs. There are also optical and coaxial digital inputs that feed this amp's high-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for sound that's silky smooth.

NAD's innovative direct digital technology

NAD first introduced "direct digital" technology on their highly acclaimed M2 integrated amplifier. By eliminating analog signal paths between the digital converter and the output stage, NAD prevents these noisy circuits from introducing distortion that degrades sound quality. So your music remains as pure as possible from the source all the way to your speakers. Plus, NAD's innovative "closed-loop" design compares the input signal with the output signal, compensating for any differences before sending it out to your speakers. It's a highly efficient design, allowing for a compact enclosure you can stand vertically on a bookshelf or desk or place horizontally in a component rack or cabinet.

Free app for Wi-Fi control with your smartphone

You won't find a lot of unnecessary buttons cluttering the streamlined D 7050. There's an extra-large volume knob and a smaller dial for selecting your music source. But if you download the free NAD D 7050 app for Apple® or Android™, you can control the player's functions with your smartphone. In addition to volume control and source selection, you can select the crossover point for your powered subwoofer, for smooth integration with your speakers. Plus, if you own PSB Imagine Mini or Imagine T speakers, the app's PerfectPitch™ uses the amp's sophisticated digital processing and EQ to deliver an unparalleled level of synergy for incredibly accurate playback.

Product Highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.004% THD
  • compact, low-profile design; vertical or horizontal orientation for placement flexibility
  • built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to a wireless home network
  • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes
  • Spotify Connect lets you stream music wirelessly using the Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet (premium subscription required; requires firmware 1.62 or later)
  • DLNA and Windows® 7 certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter for playback of high-resolution digital music
  • asynchronous USB input for connecting a 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
  • free app for Apple® and Android™ lets you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi remote (may require firmware update)
  • 2 optical digital inputs
  • 2 coaxial digital inputs
  • rear-panel USB port for digital connection to an iPod or iPhone
  • 1 pair of analog stereo (RCA) outputs for connection to a powered subwoofer
  • stereo binding-post speaker terminals
  • Ethernet port
  • built-in headphone amplifier with a 3.5mm minijack output
  • 12-volt trigger input
  • remote control
  • 2-13/16"W x 9-5/16"H x 11-3/8"D (standing vertically)
  • weight: 4.85 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • Direct digital network amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) ---
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) ---
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 50
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.004%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 90
Number of Inputs 6
Phono Inputs No
Preamp Outputs Stereo
Width (inches) 2-13/16
Height (inches) 9-5/16
Depth (inches) 11-3/8
Weight (pounds) 4.85
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Audio Features
Variety of Digital Audio Sources
Convenience Features

Audio Features

Direct Digital Amplifier: Direct Digital means there are no noise and distortion producing analog circuits in the D 7050; your music remains digital right up to the speaker outputs. NAD's Direct Digital technology of the D 7050 performs all preamplifier functions in the digital domain using sophisticated software to control all aspects of performance. Digital is converted to analog by a simple passive two-pole reconstruction filter located right at the speaker outputs; then compares the output to the input, and compensates for any differences to achieve the perfect result. The high efficiency of NAD's Direct Digital amplifier technology significantly reduces the size of the heat sinks and power supply, which are physically large in high performance analog amplifiers, while offering improved sound quality.

  • LSI's + Multi-Layer PCB's: The NAD 7050 direct digital amplifier employs large scale integrated circuits (LSI) and multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCB) to optimize speed and performance.
  • 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 7050 is rated at 50 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, in 4-ohms, with 0.004% THD).

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The NAD D 7050 hybrid digital amplifier is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect your loudspeakers. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors.

Analog Audio Outputs: The NAD D 7050 offers stereo RCA outputs that can act as a pre-out to send an audio signal to a separate amplifier, or a subwoofer output to send a low-pass audio signal (up to 200Hz) to a powered subwoofer.

Built-in Headphone Amp: The D 7050 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 7050, your connected speakers will be turned off.

Perfect Pitch:

Variety of Digital Audio Sources

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The NAD D 7050 is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in Wi-Fi feature that includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. Through either connection method, the D 7050 can playback music on your network that is stored on your computer and playback music directly from your Apple AirPlay iOS device or computer running iTunes.

  • DLNA Certified: The D 7050 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC or smartphone (like Android). You can use your PC or smartphone to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system.
  • Apple Airplay: The NAD D 7050 is compatible with Apple AirPlay technology. With AirPlay, the D 7050 can connect wirelessly to any AirPlay-enabled Apple device. This allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's (Mac or PC) iTunes library; via your WiFi network. Using the Apple Remote App (Free download from iTunes) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the D 7050 or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.

Dual USB Inputs: The NAD D 7050 offers dual USB inputs; a USB (type-B) port to connect your computer and a USB (type-A) port to connect your Apple device.

  • Asynchronous USB (type-B) Input: The NAD D 7050 features an "asynchronous" USB (type-B) input to insure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from your connected Windows or Mac computer. The D 7050's USB input supports up to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution music files on your computer. The D 7050 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 the NAD website.
  • USB (type-A) Input For Apple Devices: The D 7050's USB (type-A) input lets you connect your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad using the connector cable that came with your Apple device. The D 7050 supports playback of stored music and music apps on your compatible Apple device. The USB (type-A) port will also charged your connected Apple iPod or iPhone (but not iPad). Check out the iPod compatibility chart for compatible iPod, iPhone, and iPod models.

Bluetooth aptX Music Streaming: The NAD D 7050 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 7050 even supports aptX audio coding which delivers CD-quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth. The D 7050 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.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The NAD D 7050 is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 9/6/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
AirPlay Bluetooth USB Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
2 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
3 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
mini 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 N Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
5 6.1.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 N Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
5th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y
nano
2nd 1.1.3 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
6th 1.2PC N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 N N Y Y N N Y N N Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Digital Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The NAD D7050 is fitted with two digital coaxial (RCA) inputs and two optical (toslink) digital inputs for connection of your digital audio sources; like CD and DVD players, satellite/cable boxes, or Apple TV.

Note: The NAD 7050 contains no analog audio inputs.

Convenience Features

IR Remote Control: The NAD D 7050 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.

Remote App: A downloadable app (from iTunes or GooglePlay) specifically for the D 7050 allows you to use your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 5.1+) or Android (2.1+) smartphone/tablet as a full-function remote control. You can also adjust the crossover frequency to integrate the amp with your powered subwoofer, or fine tune the amp with specific PSB loudspeakers using the "PerfectPitch" function.

+12V Trigger Input: The +12V trigger input (3.5mm) lets you turn the D 7050 on/off from another device with a +12V trigger output.

Auto Standby: The D 7050 will automatically go into standby mode if there is no user interface interaction for 30 minutes. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.

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NAD 7050

Written By Muziknutt, Nashville Tn on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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NAD 7050 - A Freakin Banana Split! The 3020 is like my favorite vanilla ice cream. Nice natural flavor, good texture, not a lot of guar gum to thicken into that fake texture of most new ice creams. It just tastes real good. The 7050 is like adding hot fudge that warms and sweetens everything with richer flavor. Then nuts for more texture. Bananas for increasing bottom end. Whipped cream smoothes everything out. Cherries add the highlights on the top end.

Increase of tonality and presence of bass is apparent. Paul's bass on "Something" sounds more real, Ringos bass drum is more than just a bump and a thump. The 3020 needed a sub to bring bass instruments more fully into the picture.

The upright bass on "All Purpose Beginning" Julian Lage, was all there with the clicks and clacks that you want to hear of fingers on strings and fret.

I have been listening to Garth Hudson (The Band) make a Hammond B3 growl and scream on "Chest Fever" for about 45 years. I heard tones I have never heard that were like a bit of reverb overhang that always, before now, sounded like lukewarm oatmeal mush.

Most everybody says to spend the majority of your money on speakers but, if you can afford this amp, which can make a $350 pair sound like 3 or 4 times that (and subwoofer isn't a necessity) you might wanna think seriously about this one. It'll be around for your speaker upgrade.

It's like moving up to a Banana Split!

Pros: Rich, real tone from high to low Beautiful separation Handsome, solid ergonomic package Remote can be read in low light All the right inputs for the day

Cons: No phono amp (but this was built for the digital age)

Convenient Connectivity

Written By MSK, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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A great amplifier for a straightforward stereo system with exclusively digital sources. Plenty of connectivity for CD, DVD, video game machine, computer, etc. as well as Bluetooth and Airplay. Convenient app allows phone or ipad to function as remote. Great sound with my B&W Nautilus speakers.

Pros: Plenty of connectivity. Easy to control via phone. Great sound.

Cons: Digital sources only.

Very nice so far!

Written By YS, Haiku, Hi on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The amp works wonderfully through Airplay, Bluetooth and dock. The set up to connect to the wireless was really tedious, directions were clear enough but did not work until I placed the amp in the same room as the wireless minus the speaker wire and speakers so I could move it. Then it worked fine and once they communicated the first time works anywhere in the house. NAD is kind of useless for communication and Crutchfield tech support was sympathetic but relied on the same poorly written instructions that I was reading. So in this case tech support from crutchfield was more like empathy counseling....but anyways I figured it out. I love the sound and the convenience of listening to beautiful music sent from the laptop

Pros: Airplay, Bluetooth convenience

Cons: Lack of any ability to adjust tonally unless you buy PBS speakers which I would have but Crutchfield didn't advise them, either because they didn't know, don't like them or don't make enough money selling them. If you ask two different advisors for advice on speakers to go with a given amp, you'll get 2 different choices, so I am not sure what process they are using to suggest compatibility. I would imagine its either very subjective or based on some commission?

Love It!!!!

Written By Saul, Los Angeles on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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This review will be short. I love this product. The sound delights me. The silence, lack of hiss, it is capable of still surprises me, even when I'm blasting the volume. I have more than enough power for my NHT speakers. Having all my music available through Airplay, accessible via my computer, my iPhone, or my iPad is so beautifully practical.

Pros: Sound, sound, sound. The entire digital experience. The sleek look, and small size. The headphone sound, too. The look of astonishment when I play music for my friends, or they play their own music from their iPhones.

Cons: Connection to Airplay was very easy once I understood it (BUT it took me longer to figure out the easy way to do it than it should have). The app is not as functional as it could be (I'd love to have a built in equalizer on the app, for instance).

No Background Hiss

Written By Shawn, Wisconsin on Monday, April 21, 2014

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I purchased this product after being unsatisfied with a competing product. I use this product connected to a PC, and I sit within a couple meters of my speakers.

Specifically, the competing product produced an audible hiss, that drove me crazy if music wasn't playing. This NAD device has practically zero background hiss. I can put my ears right up to the speakers and hear nothing but silence coming out of the tweeters. This alone makes the product a winner for my application.

The sound quality is excellent. I'm definitely happy with this product.

Pros: Dead silent background

Cons: Device firmware could use some work

Shocking sound!

Written By Wayne, Larkspur, CO on Monday, March 31, 2014

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Very compact design, the unit maintains NAD's name for quality and performance. A very high quality build, quality connectors, cabinet display nice product presentation in a faux velvet bag. I had to replace a dead external DAC and looked to NAD for this. In the end I decided on the 7050. This is used in an USB Windows 7 PC setup. The only connection to the 7050 is via USB from the PC. I play mostly full wav or 24 bit audio. The sound is massive and full with more power than I really need with it on the desk. The sound is very full and rich, a large sound with the unit barely getting warm. This is used as a work space home office set up, paired with 'PSB Imagine Mini's', for which the 7050 has built in 'Perfect Pitch 'sound fields for. The difference in sound with perfect pitch enabled is striking. Well worth the price of the speakers. The system is paired with a Yamaha 50w active servo sub and sounds complete and full in the office space and can easily fill half the house with sound!

On the other hand the software, APP and web enablement of the unit truly need some thinking out. The unit is attached USB to a Windows 7 PC as its sound output device. There is no way to control it from Windows. You cannot web to the device and control it like the APP on iPhone or Android. A pain if you are not close to the device, as you can adjust the volume on the 7050. A way around this is to download the Android app and run it within Windows (bluestacks). Otherwise, awesome!

Pros: Excellent sound Perfect Pitch is striking when using the ' PSB Minis' Small package, large sound, energy friendly and simple. Best sounding DAC for the price

Cons: Software needs ironing out APP is the only way to adjust volume, other than on the unit USB and DAC and Windows volume are a known issue, why not create a small chrome app to make adjust volume? Network setup is difficult with the limited web front end and lack of exposed parameters

NAD D7050

Written By Scott W, Essex Maryland on Sunday, February 02, 2014

I haven't updated my 2 channel equipment in quite a long time. I was using some old Kenwood gear that I bought back in 1988 and some Polk Audio Monitor 50s and 30s. I've been doing my research and upgraded my speaker to some Philharmonic Audio Monitors. Fantastic speakers I must say. Ribbon tweets sound amazing.

I decided to upgrade my components as well. I wanted a quality "all in one" integrated amp and DAC. I checked out the NuForce and Creek Evo 50 but decided to give the NAD D7050 a try. So glad I did. The sound is so clear, detailed and surprisingly powerful. I can't hear a bit of hiss or noice when I crank up the volume. Connections to my Samsung tablet, phone, iTouch and iPod via wi-fi and AirPlay was quick and easy. The NAD D7050 app allows you to fine tune your speakers and set your subwoofer cross-over.

When people say they hear a night and day difference, I take it with a grain of salt. We'll I hate to say it, but it is night and day! My music has come to life. The first CD I played was Dire Staits, Brothers at Arms. I used the 7050 as the DAC. Track 6, Ride Across the River sounded so much more articulate and refined. I could hear details in the track I had never noticed before. Aja by Steely Dan was another CD I popped in. Same result, amazing sound. Bass was tight and controlled. 4 CDs later, it was 3am. Had to drag myself away.

Build quality is great. I like the rubber control knobs and rubberized finish. Super Buy! Get it !

Pros: Superb sound quality and control. Dead silent background. Great build quality and rear panel layout. Smart phone and tablet friendly. Plenty connections including sub out. Perfect all-in-one device. I like the smaller size than traditional equipment. Remote is rubberized as well.

Cons: None that I can find.

Amazing Product

Written By TJD, Philly on Monday, October 07, 2013

First off, don't let 50 watts fool you--driving a high end set of B&W's effortlessly, feels closer to 100. Sound is pristine, amazing features and very easy to setup. If you want high end sound from apple devices, or other digital sources this is your product. I tried 3 other receivers before settling in on this (with help from Crutchfield) and it is nothing short of amazing

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With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, the NAD D 7050 amplifier can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing.

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