NAD has updated its five-year-old D 3020 stereo integrated amplifier with an almost-identical V2 model except that the new D 3020 V2 adds a moving-magnet phono input, drops a USB input and in price by about one quarter.
Though it’s added a phono stage, NAD has sensibly retained the analogue auxiliary input, and it’s also retained the ‘wired’ digital inputs (optical and coaxial) as well as the wireless digital input (aptX Bluetooth). However the new D 3020 V2 does not have the USB input that was featured on the old D 3020. It is, however, $US100 less in RRP than the original. However, the V2 also adds a subwoofer output, which is a sensible modification given the amplifier’s rather modest output (the D 3020 V2 is rated at 30-watts per channel into either 8Ω or 4Ω, both channels driven).
As with the original amplifier, the new D 3020 V2 uses UcD Class-D modules that it licences from the well-known Dutch manufacturer Hypex. ‘The UcD is a very innovative analogue Class-D amplifier that is self-oscillating and uses a variable modulation frequency based on operating conditions,’ said Björn Erik Edvardsen, who not only designed the original analogue 3020 for NAD, and the D 3020, but also this new D 3020 V2.
NAD says it’s updated the cosmetics of the D 3020V2. The rear panel is completely re-designed (as you can see from the photograph below, which also has the D 3020 V2 in its horizontal orientation, as it can be operated this way or vertically), but as for the rest, we think you’d have to have the old and the new side-by-side to see the differences. Available now in the US for $US399, local distributor Convoy International says it will announce Australian pricing shortly.
For more information, contact Convoy International.