NAD D 3020 V2 Hybrid Digital DAC / Amplifier



SKU: D 3020 V2 Open-Box
Brand: NAD


D 3020 V2 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of music
lovers to true high-fidelity sound. In the 1970’s, over a million people
rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable
and loudspeakers. This little gem outshined amplifiers costing 10 times more
with its big, warm, detailed sound. Today, the source is more likely to be a
computer or smartphone than a turntable, but the ability to choose speakers
that perfectly suit one’s taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to
an NAD amplifier. The D 3020 starts with the original NAD 3020 concept and
brings it straight into the 21st century using the latest high-speed digital
technology. Now with V2, we have refined the looks and added a Phono input for
vinyl playback.

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 a revered 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 V2 represents the same kind of value-bending innovation
that gave the original 3020 its legendary overachieving phono stage.

More Connected

The D 3020 offers inputs for your digital and analogue
sources. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be
connected, from CD and DVD players, to set top boxes, media streamers like
AppleTV, or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analogue inputs
including a sophisticated MM Phono input. Far from just another set of sockets,
this Phono stage includes highly accurate RIAA equalization, an Infrasonic Warp
Filter, and features both high overload margins and extremely low noise. With
V2 we’ve also added a PreOut for increased connectivity in the output stage.

Power that Delivers

Power output may sound small at 30W per channel, but like
all NAD amplifiers this is very misleading, as a properly designed 30W
amplifier can sound superior to a 100W amplifier from a lesser brand. With its
very small form factor, the D 3020 will astound many for its ability to drive
difficult loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.

Real World Performance

NAD rewrote the rules for amplifiers when designing the
original 3020. Instead of letting laboratory test equipment have the last word,
we made sure that we could properly drive real loudspeakers with real music for
the real world. The D 3020 lives up to this promise through a unique
implementation of NAD PowerDrive™ developed by Edvardsen, that allows low
impedance drive (current) and high dynamic power (voltage) at vanishingly low
distortion levels. This refinement of PowerDrive combined with a precision soft
clipping circuit, lets the D 3020 sound even more powerful than it already is.
An innovative Bass EQ circuit helps small speakers sound big without overdriving
or damaging ported woofers.

Stream with Bluetooth

The D 3020 V2 delivers the convenience of wireless streaming
with its Bluetooth® capability. Stream all your music from a
smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The D 3020 even supports the highest audio
quality Bluetooth, aptX®, which is becoming ever more popular for
its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.

Mean and Green

The D 3020’s highly efficient design wastes less energy,
requiring only 20% of the power needed by traditional Hi-Fi amplifiers. It’s
like trading in a gas guzzling car for a hybrid vehicle. Standby power
consumption is a miniscule <0.5W. NAD has taken amplification to new lows,
with lower distortion, lower noise, and lower power consumption. NAD’s major
focus is to find new technology that improves musical performance while
consuming less power and using fewer non-renewable resources in manufacturing.

Audio Specs

  • Rated
    Power at 8 ohms
  • 2 x 30
  • IHF
    Dynamic Power 8 ohms
  • 2 x 60
  • 4
  • 2 x
    100 Watts
  • 2
  • 2 x
    150 Watts
  • Signal/Noise
    Ratio (A-weighted, ref. 1 Watt)
  • ≥90dB
  • Channel
    Separation 1kHz
  • ≥75dB
  • 10kHz
  • ≥65dB
  • Channel
  • 0
  • Frequency
    Response (20Hz – 20kHz)
  • 0dB to
  • Total
    Harmonic Distortion
  • ≤0.005%
  • Maximum
    input level
  • 5V
  • IMD
  • 0.02%
  • IMD
  • 0.003%

MM Phono Input

  • Phono
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • >82
    dB (200 ohms source, A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)

  • 76 dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)
  • Input
  • 1.15
    mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
  • Maximum
    input signal at 1kHz
  • >90
    mVrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3
    dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)


  • Standby
  • ≤0.5
  • Supports
    bit rate/sample rate
  • up to
    24/192 (via Digital Audio input)
  • Unit
    Dimensions (W x H x D) Gross
  • 58 x
    186 x 219mm
  • 2 5/16
    x 7 3/8 x 8 5/8”
  • Net
  • 1.38kg
  • Shipping
  • 2.1kg (4.6lb)

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs


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