NAD D 3020
If you don't need a full AV receiver, NAD's D 3020 is a delightfully compact alternative. It has a great design, excellent sound quality and built-in Bluetooth, so it works well with your mobile devices too. It only supports stereo (although it has a dedicated subwoofer-out), but it's a great choice if you don't need surround sound.
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.
October 31, 2013 3:17 PM PDT
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