NAD D3020 Amplifier

I thought the D3020 a little strange when it came out last year. I did not quite 'get it', and neglected to see the form factor would alter drastically. Now, however, the thought has sunk in. Its 'stand up' layout is eye-catching, and appears and feels wonderful with its rubberised side panels, fascia that is backlit and top panel. It may be used on its side also, if desired, and NAD provides tacky feet. A large, rubberised volume knob with intelligent screen behind a tinted perspex fascia, as well as the source indicator is backlit. The amp is excellent pleasure, also, and a delight to use.

Inside are hammer updated and NAD's latest Class D power modules, especially developed. The circuitry has Soft Clipping to safeguard loudspeakers from your amp being overdriven, and uses the most recent version of NAD's PowerDrive circuit.

Sound quality

What is so interesting relating to this amplifier is the fact that it uses drastically distinct technology classic 3020 amp (and derivatives) to get a sound that is similar. That rich, fruity bass is there is a dynamic group that is bristling with a broad, expansive soundstage as well as detail. Treble is clear and sharp, but smooth overly - like classic NADs used to be. In other regards the D3020 is very distinct; it sounds more 'etched' than its forerunners, or really all the other amplifiers here.

Actually, it can differ in accordance with the kind of music you listen to. The Kraftwerk track is the NAD seeming to be in-depth a delight, plus it manages to slot it in a manner that is surprisingly satisfying. The NAD has loads more detail and penetration, although bass is more sumptuous here except the Vieta. You start to relax to the music and revel in its strengths once you get used to that highlight group. The trouble is, turn up the volume with loudspeakers of typical or and unexpectedly on the initial large bass transient the NAD goes AWOL, briefly muffling to pull itself back. Efficiently subsequently its output signal power is very small, and that means you need listen at elevated amounts to fit it to sensitive loudspeakers, as well as /or not. All of which makes it an intriguing small box.

NAD D3020 Amplifier photo