NAD D 3020 V2 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier with Bluetooth – Black
The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of music lovers to true Hi-Fi sound. In the 1970’s, over a million people rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable and loudspeakers. Today, the source is more likely to be a computer or smartphone than a turntable,…
NAD D 3020 V2 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier with Bluetooth – Black Prices
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Nick Damato –
First, I just want to mention that they recently updated the amp from Model D3020 to D3020 V2. The new model has a MM Phono input, but what you may not realize is that the phono input came at the expense of the USB-DAC input. None of the announcements I read about the new phono input mentioned that the USB DAC was removed. The “Quick Set-up Manual” that came with the amp didn’t make this obvious. So, I spent a couple of very confused days on NADs support site reading instructions for the older version and trying to figure out how to connect the new USB-A input on the amp to the USB-A on my PC before contacting NAD directly. The amp still has a DAC, it just now needs to be used with the optical or coaxial input so you will now need a PC with those connections to access the DAC or have to use Bluetooth. Aside from the feature differences, the amp sounds great. Like a lot of these new class-D amps you can run it pretty close to max power without really overdriving it much and with very low distortion. I paired it with Klipsch RP-160M Walnut Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) , which have a 96dB efficiency rating that really makes the most of the amp’s output. Bass is tight and the sound is full at moderate listening levels and it fills a medium-sized room and the mid-range vocals are fantastic with a good recording. This combo is a very good choice for a up to a medium-sized listening space or PC workstation where you want to save space. The built-in DAC lives up to it’s reviews. The Bluetooth has been smooth and easy to use on both a newer Android (Samsung S8+) and iPhone. However, the amp has a habit of randomly connecting to your phone’s Bluetooth while you’re listening to another input; it doesn’t happen often but it happens. I was unable to test the phono inputs since my turntable is MC, not MM, so I cannot review the phono stage. NADs support was pretty good once I figured out how to use their website; I was able to get a question answered the same day. I’d rate this amp at 4.5/5. The cover to the optical input did break off on first use and I had to remove it with tweezers. Otherwise, a good value, especially at the new, lower price point but NAD’s product communication could be better.
Alan Brain –
if you really care about sound, you will love the NAD D3020.I am an audiophile. I sold all my equipments because I had to move between countries but I used to have a stereo system that was around 20K. I have had solid state amplifiers, solid state ones, DHT, triodes, etc. I have had horn speakers, open baffle speakers, etc. I know my audio.Nowadays, I had a 120watt solid state asian amplifier Qinpu that I bought new for 1.2K but it died a week ago. So, I needed a new amplifier for my living room. I did not wanted to spend much money because I do not have the space for a real audiophile stereo system but I needed good sound. My speakers are NHT bookshelves, 6 ohms, 86 db sensitivity, so it was not easy to find a proper amplifier for them in the 300-400$ range.First, I tried the Onkyo TX-8220 2 Channel Stereo, the sound was not bad but it was a tiny sound, like the sound you would expect from a bad car stereo (in audiophile terms, the soundstage was really small). Also, the instruments did not have any clear separation. The tone of the instruments, which I am very sensitive to, was wrong, it did not sound real.The next amplifier was the Yamaha R-N303BL Stereo Receiver. The Yamaha produced much better sound, a fuller sound. Also, the soundstage was not small. The problem tough was it sounded really muddy, I noticed this mostly with voices. Somehow, the sound seemed to have a veiled. I tried to fix this with the bass and treble controls but it did not work. So, I returned it.Both the Onkyo and the Yamaha are around 50-70 watts per channel in 6 ohms. The problem is that while the THD (total harmonic distortion) in 8 ohms is pretty low for these two amplifiers, in 6 ohm (for my speakers) it gets really high, like 8 or 10 times higher.I knew I needed at least a 40 wattt amplifier to properly drive my speakers. I saw this NAD (the V2 version because I want to add a turntable) and decided to try it. The V2 is the same as the normal version with the difference that the V2 has phono input and the V1 not. In any case, this is a 30 Watt amplifier that keeps the same power, and most importantly, the same THD (very low) from 4 ohm to 8 ohm.I tried it and I was really impressed!!! The soundstage is big enough, the instrument separation is very good, and it has a full sound. There is no way to compare this amp with the Onkyo or the Yamaha in terms of sound quality, the NAD is simply in a different league. More importantly, the 30 watts were more than enough to drive my 86db speakers to loud levels. This is solid evidence of what a well built power supply does for sound, small amp with good power supply will outperform an amplifier with more watts power but a bad or cheap power supply. Bluetooth works like a charm. As for heat, it gets warm but not hot.This is a small amplifier with a lot of power and a great sound, even for a real audiophile!! So, if you need good sound for a small living room stereo, this NAD D 3020 (normal or V2) is a real good option!!!
I bought this amp because it offers the ports I need at a good price point. I care about sound quality, but I’m no audiophile. The amp does everything advertised but has some flaws. It takes a long time to start up (presumably because of the software is running on this thing vs. an old-school analog amp) which is annoying, especially since automatic shut off is enabled by default. You can turn auto shut off off (so, it’ll stay on) but I can’t do this because of another problem:Bluetooth mode has no authorization model. Anyone with a bluetooth device can connect to it. Not only that, but it will change modes if it detects that someone connected to bluetooth! So, you could be at the climax of an album or film and suddenly have your audio cutover to something else. This is inexcusably horrible, but admittedly only a problem if you live in an apartment, so I gave it two stars. If there’s somehow a software update that prevents this, I’d give it 5 stars.UPDATE: You can enable “Auto Sense” which will wake up the unit when it detects a signal. This also causes the unit to turn on instantly, instead of taking a while as mentioned above. However, there is no de-bounce, meaning that unless you have a _very_ delicate touch, pressing the power button to turn it on will instantly turn the unit back off. Thus it usually takes me a few tries to turn it on with this feature enabled.