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NAD D 3020 V2

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC and Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the NAD D 3020 V2

Back in the 1970s, NAD introduced the original 3020 — a simple integrated amplifier that outperformed bigger, more expensive amplifiers with its smooth tone and big, detailed sound — something of a game-changer for music lovers of the day. In 2013, NAD introduced the D 3020, which proved as popular as the original among audiophiles of the digital age. The D 3020 V2 is the latest NAD integrated amplifier to build on the original 3020 concept.

A fresh take on a classic audiophile amp

Back in the 1970s, NAD introduced the original 3020 — a simple integrated amplifier that outperformed bigger, more expensive amplifiers with its smooth tone and big, detailed sound — something of a game-changer for music lovers of the day. In 2013, NAD introduced the D 3020, which proved as popular as the original among audiophiles of the digital age. The D 3020 V2 is the latest NAD integrated amplifier to build on the original 3020 concept.

What's new?

With the D 3020 V2, NAD has refined the looks of the original D 3020, and added a phono input for vinyl playback. Just like its predecessor, the V2 is outfitted with a high-quality 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.

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 V2's subwoofer preamp output.

Designed to fit in tight spaces

This isn't your everyday rack-style component. The compact and streamlined D 3020 V2 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.

Product Highlights:

  • 30 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.01% THD
  • compact, low-profile design; vertical or horizontal orientation for placement flexibility
  • built-in 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter
  • 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
  • standard Toslink optical digital input
  • coaxial digital input
  • MM (moving magnet) phono input for connecting a turntable
  • stereo binding-post speaker terminals
  • 3.5mm preamp output
  • 3.5mm output for powered subwoofer
  • built-in headphone amplifier with 3.5mm minijack output
  • 12-volt trigger input
  • remote control
  • 2-5/16"W x 7-3/8"H x 8-5/8"D (standing vertically)
  • weight: 3.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Hybrid digital amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AMP 3)
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • Minijack-to-RCA adapter
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

Great everything-you-need DAC-AMP for a small living room in NYC. The sound is definitely good, but hard to say how good without a direct comparison in the same room while building won't let you play anything too loud. I can easily recommend.

Anonymous, NYC

Reviews

NAD D 3020 V2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

smooth sound, awesome Bluetooth but looses fine details

Aaron from Pensacola, FL on 6/4/2018

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Well starting off I have a Cambridge topaz am10 and I'm moving to a much smaller space and fought with the idea of what to do with my current amp. I wanted to retain a phone input and reasonable wattage but in a smaller form factor, enter d3020 V2. First off it's a great amp with plenty of power and overall the sound is enjoyable, in some ways even better than the topaz. The thing I don't like is after a good burn in time I noticed when switching between the two amps that the d3020 couldn't convey a bit of the top end detail , plus the instrument separation was tighter as well and blurred some fine nuances in songs. Overall though a fine choice just not for me as I listen to jazz mostly but a fine amp for quite a lot of uses, also the Bluetooth and Dac works really well.

Pros: Smooth sound, rhythmic ability, features, size, phono input is great and Bluetooth works great.

Cons: Fine details and nuances lost, soundstage feels tight. Overall not a bad amp just not for me.

NAD D 3020 V2

Anonymous from NYC on 4/15/2018

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Great everything-you-need DAC-AMP for a small living room in NYC. The sound is definitely good, but hard to say how good without a direct comparison in the same room while building won't let you play anything too loud. I can easily recommend.

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Ty from Porter Ranch, CA on 3/26/2018

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Great size and performance for the money. A game-changing amplifier with a built in DAC and phone input.

Pros: Small size and big performer!

Cons: Limited inputs. Could use an additional AUX input.

NAD D 3020 V2

Anonymous from Brea, CA on 3/19/2018

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Small do it all that could, 500 sq.ft room with a book shelf and an iPhone, all pair with this D3020. Not much bass id you dont have a sub but it enough for classical, Jazz, etc. However, if you need any bass, you can add small sub and just plug in at the back, bomb all done. Small - mid size room filled with joy.

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Thomas from Brooklyn, NY on 3/18/2018

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Excellent sound good power for the size. Looks good sitting on my shelf

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Great little amp for the money

John from Marshall, MI on 2/26/2018

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This little amp does exactly what I need it to do: play music via bluetooth and run some good but relatively inefficient speakers as my primary TV speakers. Setup is a breeze, connecting speakers and TV was a snap, and finding the amp on Bluetooth was easy. There are three issues with the amp as I see it. First, with my setup, you really need to crank the volume to get decent sound. It's not a big deal, but it's a little annoying. Second, the lack of a real manual means you have to go online to figure out how to setup standby power, link to the TV remote, and set your inputs. Some of us still like paper. Third, the lack of a real sub out (it's a 3.5mm) means you'll need to find a specialty connection of some sort to run it. The amp only comes with a power cord, so make sure you order whatever other cords you might need. All in all, though, the sound is warm and lush; the amp does not get overly hot; and it just works. My old Athena speakers have new life.

Pros: Nice, full sound; good stereo staging; handles TV very well; handles music quite well.

Cons: Needs AirPlay or another WiFI connectivity; 3.5mm sub out is not the greatest

NAD D 3020 V2 rocks

Kevin from Gibsonia, PA on 2/25/2018

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Great amp. Easy to set up. Great sound. Although it has lots of great features, I've used it to connect it to my Echo Dot. Now the world's my oyster.

Pros: Lots of connection options, size of a (thick) book.

Cons: Only con is that connecting the speaker wires using the holes instead of the banana jacks was a little tricky.

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Tim from Sugar Grove, IL on 2/19/2018

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Ordered the v2 to replace a v1 D3020 that was purchased refurbished several years back. I wanted the built-in phono preamp in the v2 and hoped the newer unit had a better remote with more accurate volume/function response when pressed. Well, the new unit comes with a 'new' remote that is physically different from the v1 however the delay/accuracy issue still exists. You have to press/hold the volume for it to start to adjust the level, but Not a big deal overall. Most importantly the amp sounds fantastic powering a pair of PSB Imagine Mini's and the phono preamp sounds pretty darn good with the attached MoFi Studiodeck. Cheers!

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Features and Specs

Performance 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
THD 0.01%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 98
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback FLAC, WAV
Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input Service only
Preamp Outputs Sub, Pre-Out
Headphone Output 3.5mm
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 2-5/16
Height (inches) 7-3/8
Depth (inches) 9-3/4
Weight (pounds) 3.1
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Hybrid Digital Amplifier: The NAD D 3020 V2 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 V2 has the ability to drive "power hungry" and low-impedance loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.

  • NAD PowerDrive Circuit: The D 3020 V2 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.
  • 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 V2 is rated at 30 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, in 8-ohms, with 0.005% THD).
Note: The D 3020 V2'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 V2 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.

Digital Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The NAD D3020 V2 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. The unit will accept 2-channel PCM audio signals from the Optical or Coaxial inputs (not compatible with Dolby Digital or DTS).

Dual Analog Inputs (including Phono MM): The D3020 V2 offers two analog stereo RCA inputs, including one a line-level stereo RCA input and one Phono (MM) stereo RCA input. The stereo RCA line-level input can be used to connect a CD player or AM/FM tuner. The Phono (MM) input is used to connect a turntable with a moving magnet cartridge. The Phono stage includes highly accurate RIAA equalization, an Infrasonic Warp Filter, and features both high overload margins and extremely low noise.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming w/ aptX: The NAD D 3020 V2 offers built-in Bluetooth aptX technology. Via Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone (including iPhone & Android), tablet (including iPad & Android), or laptop (including Windows & Mac) to the hybrid digital amplifier. The D 3020 V2 even supports aptX audio coding which delivers CD-quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth for aptX compatible source devices (like Android and Macbook). Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track functions can be controlled from the included IR remote.

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The NAD D 3020 V2 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.

Sub Out & Pre-Out: The NAD hybrid digital amplifier features a mono minijack (3.5mm) subwoofer output for connecting an external powered subwoofer to your system. Since most powered subs feature an RCA input, the D 3020 V2 comes with a minijack-to-RCA adapter. There is also stereo minijack (3.5mm) pre-out for "daisy-chaining" an additional amplifier (a stereo minijack-to-RCA adapter will be required - sold separately).

Headphone Amp: The D 3020 V2 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 V2, your connected speakers will be turned off.

IR Remote w/ TV Connect: The NAD D 3020 V2 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the hybrid digital amplifier. You can turn the amplifier on/off, raise/lower volume, and switch sources from the remote. The playback controls on the remote are for Bluetooth audio streaming only. The TV Connect features enables the D 3020 V2 to learn the mute and volume control commands from practically any TV remote control. Additionally, the D 3020 will automatically power up to the Optical input source upon detection of a digital TV output signal.

+12V Trigger Input: The +12V trigger input (3.5mm) lets you turn on/off the D 3020 V2 from another device with a +12V trigger output.

Vertical or Horizontal Mounting: The NAD D 3020 V2 can be installed vertically or horizontally. Four self-adhesive rubber feet are included.

  • Vertical Dimensions: 2.3125" (w) x 7.375" (h) x 9.75" (d)
  • Horizontal Dimensions: 7.375" (w) x 2.3125" (h) x 9.75" (d)

Auto Standby & Auto Sense: The D 3020 V2 can be setup to automatically go to standby mode if there is no user interface interaction and no active source input for approximately 30 minutes. The Auto Sense feature enables the D 3020 V2 to wake up from standby mode and starts operation by selecting the Optical source input or the last digital source input before going to standby mode.

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Why did you buy this?

Built in DAC and NAD reputation. [ Walter  Apr 21, 2018 ]
Small form factor, optical input, auto on, ability to learn other remote ir signals, level controlled preamp output, sub preamp out. [ Christopher  Feb 26, 2018 ]
NAD quality, features, reasonable price [ kevin  Feb 12, 2018 ]
I have a refurbished D3020 V1 that has been acting up lately and I like the built in MM phono preamp offered in the V2. Thank you [ TIMOTHY  Feb 06, 2018 ]
Version 2 . Been waiting for the update. [ Jacqueline  Jan 30, 2018 ]

2 questions already asked

Brian, from my limited time using the v2 (YMMV), the main differences appear to be: 1. Phono Preamp 2. standard IEC power cable 3. Brighter LED's on front 4. Volume knob is different 5. Removal of USB input and 2nd optical Aux input 6. Added Pre-Out 7. The surface of the device is now a 'smoother texture' and easier to clean but does not take on fingerprints 8. Different style remote [ TIMOTHY  Feb 20, 2018 ]
The wattage rating we've published is taken directly from the NAD owner's manual. Looks like they list the same wattage (30) on their webpage for it as well: https://nadelectronics.com/product/d-3020v2-hybrid-digital-amplifier/ [ Ryan  Feb 06, 2018 ]  Staff
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