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NAD D3045 Review (Integrated Amplifier)

Rate this amplifier:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 11 4.3%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 55 21.4%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 159 61.9%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 32 12.5%

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Offler

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I would be interested in that too. I own/have owned the NAD C 268 and T 778 (both Hypex NCore) and C 298 (Purifi). None of them get particularly warm, let alone hot. Maybe because the cabinets are just bigger?
D3020v2 and d3045 have common PSU and the main amplifier (a NAD customized variation of Hypex UcD102). Preamp, DAC and rest of the electronics should be different.

Its probably not because of Class D architecture, since those are said to be very effective. Small enclosure, small heatsinks, passive cooling design...
 

MaxBuck

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I generally don't see the point of "integrated" amplifiers, but this one delivers reasonably good performance in all its service areas. IME that's something few such products can do.
 

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I wonder why the unit produces so much heat if it's Class D amplification...HDMI circuitry?
Possibly, but I mostly used it with usb, opt, or line-in on my desk so it would have been generating that without even actively using the circuitry.

I think the issue is just how small the vent cutouts are and that they're on the 'bottom' of the side panels rather than the top. I get that it ruins the sleek side view to have cutouts, but heat does rise and all...

A full mesh covered honeycomb side would look pretty good as well and help quite a bit I feel. It's a solid overall concept, I'd like to see them take another run at it with purifi modules or maybe make an M1 (like the M10 v2 but just enough less not to cannibalize the sales, drop the streamer?) that comes in at ~$1K.
 

Powerbench

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The question how does it sound and what are your expectations?
Amir thinks it’s good maybe not great but it has the noted 60+ watts and

  • Two-Way Bluetooth powered by Qualcomm aptX HD audio
  • Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input supporting MQA and DSD
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel****
  • Coax and Optical Input
  • MM Phono and Line Input
  • Preamp Out
  • Sub Out
  • Headphone Amp
  • IR Remote. Where do you get that at a little over $1000 CDN while the M33 is 7x the price!!! Is the M33 over 7x better ?!! I doubt it.
  • So throw in warranty and or dealer support and you can buy it direct from NAD for a 30 day trial. No I do not work for NAD or paid by them but I am thinking for a small-ish room with modest speakers this might be an answer. It’s about weighing needs/wants and practicality. Oh yes the music too!!
Thanks Amir for the hardwork!!
 

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What are some competing options with USB in the same compact form factor? The Sprout 100, Topping MX5, Quad Vena II, Leak Stereo 130, Emotiva TA1. What else is there?
 
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JoetheLion

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What are some competing options with USB in the same compact form factor? The Sprout 100, Topping MX5, Quad Vena II, Leak Stereo 130, Emotiva TA1. What else is there?
  • Audiophonics TPA-S100
  • Loxjie A30
  • Original Audio OPA-Q2.1
  • Keces E40
  • SMSL VMV A2
  • miniDSP SHD Power
  • Primare I15
 

Powerbench

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I also look at dealer, warranty support and functionality. Being in Canada having Canadian company support ensures my investment than shipping something back to Shanghai… just saying.
 

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I'm ising the 3045 with C298 & B&W 603 and that is sounding great. But the C298 was really the gamechanger.
 

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A good cross-shop for this might be the new powernode (N330). It has eARC, 2 way BT, AirPlay 2 (!), DAC, and all the rest in a super-integrated chassis for $950. I don’t know how it measures, but featureset wise they’re close. Of course, the powernode doesn’t have a built in phono stage but adds airplay (over to you which is more important). one can add a wireless phono stage to the powernode but it will cost an additional $320.
 

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The Powernode is a streaming amplifier, but the NAD has no network connection, so it can't do Airplay 2, Spotify Connect etc. I'm not sure the D3045 needs it though, as i think they would mostly either be connected to a TV (via HDMI) or used on a desktop connected to a PC, so you can stream easily from either of those sources.
 

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The Powernode is a streaming amplifier, but the NAD has no network connection, so it can't do Airplay 2, Spotify Connect etc. I'm not sure the D3045 needs it though, as i think they would mostly either be connected to a TV (via HDMI) or used on a desktop connected to a PC, so you can stream easily from either of those sources.
Sure but since NAD owns the cmpany that does the Powernode, it would seem silly to duplicate feature sets. The D3045 lets you hook up a computer via USB and acts as the streaming front end, the Bluesound stuff seems desgined for people that just want an integrated lifestyle product they can use via an app.
 
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