NAD Introduces D 3045 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUDIO FEST, DENVER, CO, OCTOBER 4, 2018NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced a feature-packed HybridDigital DAC/Amplifier showcasing many of the company’s advanced audio technologies.

Designed to appeal to the most ardent hi-res digital and vinyl enthusiasts, the D 3045 has it all: HybridDigital 60W per channel amplifier, Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input, support for MQA and DSD, two way Bluetooth powered by aptX HD and a high quality moving magnet phono stage, all in a compact size that can be used either vertically or horizontally. The D 3045 is available this month at $699 U.S. MSRP.

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NAD D 3045 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier (Side)

The NAD D 3045 is everything a modern amplifier ought to be; compact, energy efficient, powerful, silent, high-resolution enabled and packed with cutting-edge features like DSD and MQA playback. NAD’s expertise in both digital and analogue engineering is clearly evident in this high performance, flexible yet affordable amplifier.

Featuring a 2 x 60W per channel HybridDigital amplifier in a small form factor, the D 3045 will astound many for its ability to drive difficult loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.

Calling on NAD’s decades of leadership in Hi-Res digital audio, the D 3045 boasts exceptional connectivity including an Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input. The D 3045 supports both MQA and DSD playback. MQA decoding is available on all digital inputs in addition to BluOS streaming content.

The D 3045 can faithfully and accurately reproduce the full spectrum of sound encapsulated on the studio master. Until now, music-loving consumers have only been able to hear an edited version of the full fidelity because the delivery systems, be it tape, vinyl, or CD, did not have the capacity to hold all the information contained in the studio master recording. With hi-res downloads and streaming, we can now enjoy exactly the same experience the artist heard in the studio when the recording was first made. Yet, 90% of the products on the market today do not have the full capability required to experience this new higher fidelity.

The D 3045 features two-way wireless Bluetooth capability that is powered by aptX HD for the highest possible sound quality available. Users can easily stream music from smartphones, tablets and laptops or can also use its integrated two-way Bluetooth feature and effortlessly stream music that is playing on the amp to any pair of Bluetooth enabled headphones. aptX HD is becoming more and more popular for its remarkable sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.

Drawing on their decades of analogue know-how, vinyl lovers will be impressed that NAD engineers designed the phono stage for exceptional performance, featuring accurate RIAA equalization, ultra-low noise and an infrasonic warp filter.

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NAD D 3045 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier (Rear)

The D 3045 accommodates inputs for the computer along with other digital and analogue sources, including the newly added MM phono input. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be connected, from CD and DVD disc players to media streamers like Apple TV or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analogue inputs for iPods and older non-digital audio components such as FM tuners.

Also included in the D 3045 is a full-range preamp output as well as a subwoofer output for added connection flexibility. NAD also includes a premium quality headphone jack on the front panel that is connected to a dedicated, high current, low impedance headphone amplifier that will drive all but the most power hungry headphones, including planar magnetic designs.

Beyond impressive performance, a major focus for NAD has been finding new technology that can improve musical performance while consuming less power to operate and using fewer non-renewable resources to manufacture. The D 3045 is compact, environmentally sensitive and runs cool. NAD believes technical prowess and eco-friendliness is not only desirable but achievable. Its highly efficient design wastes less energy, resulting in extended component life an increased reliability. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.

Supplied with an IR Remote Control for convenience, the D 3045 can be used vertically or horizontally. Its compact footprint is equally at home on a desktop, a bookshelf or cabinet to complement any lifestyle.

“Several years ago, NAD launched a revolutionary Digital Series that featured cutting-edge technology with an integrated amplifier, a DAC and networking amplifier,” commented Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Chief Technology Officer. “Based on their success, what the market then asked us for was an affordable DAC/Amplifier that utilized our best digital technology with even more power yet retained the compact footprint and versatility. The answer is the D 3045 which checks all the boxes and is destined to become one of NAD’s most popular products.”

NAD will be exhibiting at the RMAF in Denver, Colorado October 5-7, 2018. Along with sister brands PSB and Bluesound, they can be found in Room 8021 in the Tower and in A23 of the Atrium section of CanJam.

RMAF attendees will be treated to a unique event and be among the first in the world to listen to the D 3045. In partnership with MQA, visitors to room 8021 in the Tower on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 10:30 AM Mountain Time, can listen to a performance by accomplished jazz band Misha Mullov-Abbado, who are broadcasting live, and encoded into MQA in real-time, from RAK Studios in London, UK.

Key Features of the NAD D 3045 DAC Amplifier:

  • 2 x 60W HybridDigital Amplifier
  • Two-Way Bluetooth powered by Qualcomm aptX HD audio
  • Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input supports MQA and DSD
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel Input
  • Coax and Optical Input
  • Line Input
  • High performance Moving Magnet Phono Stage added for vinyl lovers to complement digital connectivity
  • Preamp and Subwoofer Outputs for additional connection flexibility
  • Energy-Saving – new design technology consumes less power to operate
  • Compact footprint – can be used almost anywhere, either vertically or horizontally

Marketing and Media Contacts:

Mark Stone
Manager, Distributor and Dealer Relations
mstone@lenbrook.com

Peter Hoagland
North American Media Relations, NAD Electronics
peter@hoagland.us

Richard Stevenson
International Media Relations, NAD Electronics
richard@rspr.co.uk

About NAD Electronics
Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high-quality components for audio, home theatre and custom installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values – innovation, innovation, simplicity, performance, and value – have earned it a cult-like following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles.

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