• NAD de­liv­ers the next 3020

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We’ve taken to re­fer­ring to the Sound+Im­age award-win­ning C 338 Chrome­cast-equipped am­pli­fier as the true suc­ces­sor to NAD’s world-bust­ing his­tory of ‘3020’ am­pli­fiers through the years. But of course NAD has its own D 3020, for which it has just an­nounced a new ‘V2’ gen­er­a­tion.

For such a modern look­ing thing, NAD has made in­ter­est­ing choices with the new ver­sion, and it’s worth study­ing the avail­able in­puts care­fully to make sure they’ll meet your needs. The pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion had a USB-B socket to play files di­rect from com­puter — but that’s now gone, to be re­placed by… a phono stage for turnta­bles! This adds to the on­board Blue­tooth (with aptX), one ana­logue line-level in­put, and one each of op­ti­cal and coax­ial dig­i­tal in­puts. It re­tains the trig­ger and sub­woofer out­puts of the orig­i­nal, and adds a pre-out­put al­low­ing a later power up­grade to be made.

In con­trast the more con­ven­tional-look­ing C 338 pretty much dou­bles up on each in­put type, and adds Chrome­cast. The C 338 of­fers 50W of the same Hy­bridDig­i­tal UcD power, com­pared with the D 3020 V2’s 30W per chan­nel — re­mem­ber­ing these are NAD watts, with NAD de­liv­er­ing if any­thing un­der­stated fig­ures, com­pared with the usual ex­ag­ger­a­tions!

But the D 3020 V2 is the more eco­nom­i­cal op­tion, both in terms of desk space, and pric­ing. In­deed in the US it is US$100 less in RRP than the orig­i­nal D 3020 at US$399 (we await Aus­tralian pric­ing), two-thirds the price of the C 338, which is $999 here in Aus­tralia.

So think what you need, check your funds, and choose ac­cord­ingly. We look for­ward to hear­ing how it per­forms.

More info: www.con­voy.com.au

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