I had similar 7020 receiver as a backup for many years. Picked it up in an alabama pawn shop in 1986. Unique somewhat dark and warm sound. Very solid pre-amp. COuld be used as pre-amp, power amp, receiver or tuner. VEry versatile! Also did a respectable job driving most any speaker with only 20 w/ch. Soft clipping feature helped! It served me well!
I’m happy to say that I use a 3020i and a 3225pe in a bi-amp setup and love them. The 3225pe drives the woofers in my Energy Connoisseur speakers and the 3220i drives the mid/high. They are basically the same architectural design, but the pe has an additional set of higher voltage power supply sections and a few other tweaks. The NAD service manual is even the same, covering both models.
After reading reviews of many amps and, in particular, the NAD 3020, I was impressed with how many folks were impressed with the musical performance of the 3020 compared with products costing much more in the day.
My most recent purchase was a NAD C375BEE. I auditioned it at my favorite dealer's showroom which also had other brands. The combination I settled on was a pair of PSB speakers which pairs well with NAD amps.
While the 375 is much more powerful than the 3020 I wonder of the 3020 produces music as comparable to the 375? Forget the difference in power. Have any listeners compared the two amps as to their ability to play music? I know everyone has their own preferences. Mine is not just about power but good music.
There are many legendary amps of yore. Just ask if any have compared classic NAD amps to the more modern versions?
Many years ago I went to my local stereo store (remember those) and told the salesman I wanted to upgrade my preamp. I had an amp I was very happy with, a Bryston 100 watt per channel stereo amp. We got it down to two different models, one was an Audion that sold for around $3000.00 and the salesman suggested that I listen to the Nad 3020A, I forgot how much it was but it was much less than the Audion. I told the salesman that I wasn't interested in an integrated amp, just a preamp.
I asked him if I could please listen to the Audion as they had the same Bryston amp in the store that I had at home. He played the Audion and I liked what I heard. It was very open sounding with good clarity and great bass. He then said to me, as long as you're here just take a listen to the Nad 3020A. I agreed. He switched the Audion and put the Nad in the system and he played the same cut.... my jaw dropped. It was noticeably better. We were using the preamp output on the Nad into the Bryston amp and I have to admit, not because of the price but because of the sound quality I walked out of the store that day with the Nad 3020A. That little integrated amp had the widest soundstage I'd ever heard. The bass was more controlled with better extension and the soundstage just blew the Audion away. I didn't realize it at the time but I had just bought a piece of audio that turned out to later became a legend.
Many years later it developed a loud buzzing noise in one of the channels. An older gentleman I worked with at the time was getting out of vinyl and I was just getting into it and had just bought a nice turntable and cartridge. He offered to trade the Nad pre (with the buzzing right channel) for his entire classical lp collection (over 300 albums all in pristine condition so I traded him. To this very day I still regret that trade. What a great piece of gear at a reasonable price.
Hello - recently started a vinyl collection and getting into vintage equipment. I'm waiting on a NAD 3020 to be delivered. I need to purchase a step up/down transformer, as the one I am getting is originally from overseas. My question is, what size step up/down transformer do I need to get? I saw a similar NAD 3020 recently sold online with an included 200W transformer (similar to the link attached to this message), is this enough?
Thanks so much in advance for any advice you can provide.
Recently my NAD 1300 preamp went on the fritz so I got out my 3020 to use as a pre through my Bryston 3B. Wow, I think I prefer the sound of the 3020. I do like the flexibility of the 1300's 6 band eq, but the 3020 has nice "weight" to it.
The 1300 is back from the repair shop and in service again. Both good choices, IMO.