AT A GLANCE
Fine performance and sound
No mute control
Limited detail in volume readout
As an integrated amplifier/DAC combo for serious listeners, the D 3020’s audio quality and value are unmistakable.
Audio types old enough to have viewed Chevy Chase’s pratfalls live rather than on demand may remember an unprepossessing integrated amplifier from an unfamiliar brand. The NAD 3020, despite a power rating laughably modest even in 1978 (20 watts per channel) and next to no features, gained notice because, as the lore went, “it sounded great.” And it did—thanks to intelligent amplifier design, a conservative power rating, and the value—widely underappreciated, then and now—of dynamic headroom.