About the NAD D 3020 V2
A fresh take on a classic audiophile amp
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.
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.
- 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 provides 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
- MFR # D3020v2
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
NAD D 3020 V2 reviews
Initial reactions: Just got things hooked up a couple of hours ago- Got this for a bedroom and it does the job. I have PSB Alpha P5 speakers with basic Crutchfield speaker wire, an NAD C 538 CD player with AudioQuest Evergreen patch cords, and an Audio Technica AT-LP3 TT with built in patch cords. Have listened to a variety of tunes: the Band, Thelonious Monk, Neil Young, Bette Midler. Overall pretty happy with the performance. Still plenty of detail at low volumes, certainly more than enough power to fill up the room and annoy the upstairs. I'm sure everything will sweeten up with some hours of play time. Easy Bluetooth activation and play. Sound quality is decent but I found some vocals muddled. It's Bluetooth so I can't complain too much. Turntable has plenty of presence. The only adjustment to output is a Bass Eq button. No balance, treble, or bass controls. If I want thumping bass with this set-up I'm going to need a sub. Adequate power for small rooms. I'm past my bleeding ear days so this does the trick for a second system. 30 watts limits the speaker selection. That NAD D 3045 provides some more wattage but was beyond my budget for a small set-up.
Pros: Small footprint, great for limited pace. Decent power for a bedroom or small living room.
Cons: Haven't run across any yet, system is still brand new. Very basic amp. Not a con but be aware of what you're getting!
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Upgrading from D 3020 as the old unit start to have problems. The sound quality remains the same, and changing from usb to optical on my pc doesn't cause audible differences. Overall satisfied with the product (again!).
Pros: Price, size, bluetooth.
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Simple to set up and use Powers my bookshelf speakers perfectly
Cons: Remote can us better range
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Sound is ALL, this amp has it,set up is easy, Bluetooth a quick breeze and flawless connectivity...drives my B and W floor speakers to normal listening levels with excellent low end.
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Needed integrated amp with small footprint to drive small bookshelf speakers in game room. Great performance and features for the price.
Pros: Performance Input options Price
Cons: None so far
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This is a GREAT little amp! It sounds fantastic with my MA Bronze 2 bookshelves and Onkyo 7030 CD player. Audiophile perfection, if you ask me. Everything is well balanced with the highs, lows and mids. No harsh highs. Nice bass with Diana Krall, Miles Davis, etc. Nice soundstage, too. Lively performance; not dull or flat. I haven't tried the bluetooth yet, I just keep listening to my CD's. I think this is a perfect amp for small to mid-size rooms. I'm listening to this in a room that measures 12 x 14 x 9. When I first got it I hooked it up in my living room just to see if things worked okay (which they did), but the living room was too big, of course for the amp (living room is 14 x 17 x 18 high ceiling). And the compact size is nice, too. I had checked the reviews and they were spot on. Nice job NAD and thanks for carrying this amp, Crutchfield.
Pros: Full, balanced sound.
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This amp sounds good, is super compact and has a nice phono input. However, I found a glitch with the functionality and wasn't happy with NADs support when inquiring about the problem. The issue is that the amp will automatically switch inputs to Blue Tooth when it detects some kind of signal. So say you're grooving on a record and your computer is still paired to the amp via Blue Tooth. Out of nowhere the amp will cut out your photo input and go to the Blue Tooth, even if it's silent. You can't turn this function off! - To make matters worse, there is nothing in the manual explaining this feature. There IS an auto-sense mode, but that is supposed to only wake up the amp from standby when it detects BT audio coming in. I reached out to NAD about it and they just said 'this is how it works.' When I explained that based on the documentation it shouldn't, I never got an additional reply. So one star deduction for the programming flaw, and another for the lack of support from NAD.
Pros: Compact Size, Phono Stage, sounds solid.
Cons: Slow start up, buggy bluetooth
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Paired this amp with PSB Alpha B1 bookshelf speakers (same parent company as NAD), and they are a winning combination. The 3020 V2 is very well-made. Power-wise, you will have to crank it up around half-way to hear music with in-the-room presence. I found myself wishing for a bit more power, but with the 60-watt 3045 retailing for $700, this amp is a steal. The Bluetooth worked flawlessly; no dropouts. It has a phono preamp, and DAC for digital sources. No direct USB connection to a laptop, though. With Bluetooth working so well, this is not a big negative. The remote works really well, and gives you access to a bass enhance button. It adds a subtle bottom. To sum up, this amp is versatile and engaging. It has enough power small-to-medium rooms. I like it a lot.
Pros: Built-in phono preamp and DAC. Excellent Bluetooth. Elegant design, solid build quality. Massive value for price. Engaging, musical presentation.
Cons: No USB connection. Not the most powerful amp in the world.
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I decided to try some passive bookshelf speakers for the study computer and, after pondering some very inexpensive choices, I "splurged" to get the NAD D3020. This little amp has way more power than I need, which was one of my worries. The sound is also great! I don't want to sound cliched, but I do think I'm hearing details that I hadn't noticed before. Now, if the D3045 will only go on sale! :)
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Having recently (finally) bought into the whole streaming music thing but also wanting to continue to enjoy my LPs, I thought I'd try this out. From past experience with NAD equipment, I knew that I could trust their judgement, not to mention their engineering. I was not disappointed. Despite the relatively low wattage, this thing can pump out fantastic sound, even at high decibel levels--at least through the right speakers. I've got mine rigged-up to Wharfedale Diamond 225s, ostensibly 'bookshelf' speakers, rated at a relatively low wattage range of 30-120 watts. I thought they might be too much speaker for the 3020, but they really shine, probably due to NAD's magical circuitry as much as the speakers themselves. The auxiliary (cd) and phono section are superb, the latter coaxing new insight out my old vinyl. And even interfacing with plain-old Amazon Music, its digital section finesses the best out of my phone's music library. I can only imagine what it will sound like, once I get Tidal up and running. Setting up Bluetooth was effortless and works like a charm; the expensive portable Bluetooth speakers I thought were slick enough are now relegated to the garage only. If I have any reservations with regard to this little wonder, maybe it's that it's so discrete that I can't flaunt it like I did with my old 312 beast. Highly recommended.
Pros: Phenomenal sound for its size/wattage; forward-looking versatility; smart circuitry; looks and size
Cons: Looks and size (?); remote volume control a tad sluggish
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A workhorse for your needs with regular cans or mid-grade headphones. A great amp/DAC/streamer combo hooked up to cans. Mine runs hot even running Wharfdale Diamond 225 2-way designed bookshelf speakers. Th unforeseen bonus may be free heating in winter? But whats not to like or risk when you want to enter audiophile land on a budget and you haven't budgeted for Parasound HALOs or amps from Emotiva.
Pros: Great three-in-one amp, DAC, streamer for mid-grade cans or speakers. You may want to spend $100 more and look elsewhere and not have any regrets, but be warned it is few and far between to find a three-in-one within $200 dollars.
Cons: Don't expect to push Grado, Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic headphones to satisfaction with this product. It will work for mid-grade Sony or AudioTechnica cans. Overheats pushing Wharfdale Diamond 225s or ELAC Uni-Fi UB5s. Only one optical input. Unsat!
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Simplicity in a small package. If you're looking for an amp that disappears until you turn it on then look no further. It is very capable for driving any bookshelf speaker in a 30 to 80 watt range. Soundstage is impressive and with all the connectivity including vinyl you come close to the perfect solution for a small room.
Pros: Compact, full of features nice design
Cons: Pairing with low impedance speakers might be tricky.
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I needed a smaller unit to replace a Music Hall full-size integrated amp and went with the NAD. It was a good choice. The sound is comparable to the Music Hall, it has a phono input, DAC and subwoofer out which is what I needed. It runs to a pair of Epos Epics and a PSB sub and sounds great in my office. I love the look and the size. Very happy with it.
Pros: Size, ease of setup and use, remote is great
Cons: Touch buttons on unit are difficult to use
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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.
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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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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.
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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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Excellent sound good power for the size. Looks good sitting on my shelf
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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
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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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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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More details on the NAD D 3020 V2
Features & specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||30|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||Not given|
|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|
|Total Analog Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|USB Input||Service only|
|Preamp Outputs||Sub, Pre-Out|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
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 0.1% 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 (4 or 8 ohm). The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors. Plastic caps inside the binding posts must be removed to use banana plugs.
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. The sub output is equipped with a 100Hz low-pass crossover. 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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