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D 3020 V2 Amplifier from NAD: Ups Feature Count, Lowers Price

NAD Electronics, has announced a new and improved D 3020 V2, as well as a lower price. The company’s best-selling amplifier has been updated with cosmetic refinements and includes the addition of Moving Magnet phono inputs

The D 3020 V2 accommodates coaxial and optical inputs. There are also analog inputs for “iPods” (as NAD quaintly puts it) and older non-digital audio components such as FM tuners.

New to the D 3020 V2 is a full-range preamp output. NAD also includes a headphone amplifier output that includes a volume control.

The remote controlled, 30W D 3020 V2, with its wireless Bluetooth aptX capability, can stream music from smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Price is $399.

To learn more, click www.nadelectronics.com

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  • Reply
    13th January 2018 at 3:51 pm

    That looks good. Hope you get a chance to review, Paul. Would love to know how it sounds; if the phono pre-amp is any good, and how it compares to the likes of the Yamaha WXA-50 at a similar price point.

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      Paul Rigby
      13th January 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Will try my best to grab one Evan!

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    20th January 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Have the original. Shittiest remote ever, impossible to read except in full light. Bass button on back hopeless to find reaching over back in cabinet (why not on front or just applicable from remote?).
    Otherwise nice sound, could do with more guts from headphone output.

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    Bill G
    20th January 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Looks good and the new price is a smart move, IMO. These compact “all-in-one” desktop amps are highly competitive these days. Question: any idea what that “Bass EQ” button is left of the optical input? I wonder if this is related to a bass boost that some of these amps have (PS Audio Sprout comes to mind.)

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      Paul Rigby
      20th January 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Good question, Bill. Looks like a pseudo-Loudness control to me but let me ask. I have yet to see the NAD in the flesh because this story is merely a news piece.

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      Paul Rigby
      20th January 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Would you believe it, I received an answer! Someone’s working over the week-end, eh? Here’s the reply, “It applies a 6db boost at 80Hz with a mid-sized Q to give a little more oomph to small speakers.”

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    20th January 2018 at 9:02 pm

    The power cord inlet is better too, not the mickey mouse shaped one of the original. The previous one limited your after-market power cord choices.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      20th January 2018 at 9:19 pm

      That’s true, Eric – they used that 3-pronged thing in the past, didn’t they? The ‘Clover’ design?

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    Matt Lorenzi
    30th January 2018 at 10:22 pm

    How can they claim this still supports computer audio if they got rid of the USB-in? Won’t make much sense on a desktop, unless you use Bluetooth

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    George Chow
    19th February 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Toslink/SPDIF is common on desktop PC. (That’s what I’m using.)

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    Nick Damato
    6th March 2018 at 8:18 am

    Be aware: They removed the USB DAC when they added the Phono input! None of the “announcements” I read about this amp mentioned this detail. I spent several very confused days trying to hook this up to my PC via USB. I was so confused as to why it had a USB-A input. The “Quick” user manual on NADs site was not helpful with this detail, either.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      6th March 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks for the update Nick.

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