NAD Electronics D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier

The Good The NAD Electronics D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier is a sleek, compact integrated stereo amplifier that takes up much less room than a typical AV receiver. The D 3020 has an excellent set of features, including built-in Bluetooth with aptX support, two digital audio inputs, and a dedicated subwoofer output. There's also a USB port, so the D 3020 can connect to a computer as a USB DAC. And the sound quality is outstanding, with plenty of power for most living rooms.

The Bad The D 3020 feels expensive compared with cheaper (albeit larger) AV receivers that include a lot more functionality. The included remote is tough to read, especially in a dim room.

The Bottom Line If you're looking to ditch your giant AV receiver for a compact stereo amp, the NAD D 3020 is the one to get.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Sound 9.0
  • Value 8.0
8.3 Overall


The best AV receiver alternative

Matthew Moskovciak

Integrated amplifiers have been around for decades, but they've quietly become a viable alternative to AV receivers, thanks to TVs that now offer extensive switching capabilities and more integrated amps that include an optical audio input.

That's the context in which we looked at the NAD D 3020 ($500 street), along with several other integrated amplifiers that include an optical audio input. The D 3020 is the best of the bunch, with terrific sound quality, a solid feature set (including built-in Bluetooth) and a handsome, compact design. The D 3020 also sports a dedicated subwoofer output, making it simple to set up a 2.1-channel speaker system, plus there's a USB port, so you can connect it to a computer for high-resolution audio playback. And unlike the Teac A-H01, the D 3020 can be powered on and off from its remote, so it plays nicely with universal remotes.

Cost is the biggest issue with the D 3020. It feels pricey when you compare it with Sony's STR-DN840 ($400 street price), which costs less and offers a lot more functionality, including six HDMI inputs and built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay. Ultimately, you're paying for the D 3020's excellent compact design and minimalist simplicity, rather than a big box with a bunch of features you may not ultimately need.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $499
  • Brand NAD Electronics
  • Functions amplifier, audio digital to analog converter
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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