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NAD 7020

Stereo Receiver with AM/FM tuner (1988)

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NAD 7020

Specifications

Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 20 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%

Damping factor: 55

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 84dB (line)

Speaker load impedance: 2Ω to 8Ω

Dimensions: 420 x 120 x 240mm

Weight: 7.5kg

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Reviewed Oct 27th, 2018 by shorewalker

My own 7020e - basically a 3020e with a tuner - still sounds terrific to me at 30 years of age. This is the last of the line, with digital tuning that stays on-station with no trouble. It's been in use since 1988 and not a thing has gone wrong.

Output is remarkable for a stated 20 watts (into 8 ohms) and the sound has the typical NAD sweet, warm richness that everyone talks about. It outdoes a 10-year-old Cambridge Audio Azur 540R V3 AV receiver we use with the TV.

I have it paired with two 1988 NAD 8020e speakers made by KEF - also still fine, amazingly - and plugged into my computer. It plays music off a Synology NAS, Google Play and other online sources. Three decades in, I've added an Audioquest Dragonfly Black DAC, which gives it a small additional lift but nothing transformative. I'm toying with buying a little Polk powered subwoofer and hooking it up to the B speaker circuit.

Reportedly the power source and components on this generation of budget NAD gear were over-specified compared to rivals. I'm ready to believe so. It seems possible that this lot can make their half-century.

Negatives?
- It's old, so while it's fine with RCA connections from the DragonFly, there's no DTS/Dolby or digital anything.
- It's budget; the right pricier gear will give a more detailed sound.
- It's not as beautiful as my dad's old Yamaha receiver; the aesthetic is minimalist and almost military.
- The tuner doesn't perform that well when positioned next to a stack of computer gear. With all my radio stations online, this is barely relevant any more.
- There are no subwoofer inputs, though a REL 3T could probably be plugged into the B Speaker circuit.
- Speaker inputs are just spring clips.

Yes, I'm reaching to find flaws. I'm full of admiration for a piece of hardware which has done its job so well for so long. The return on investment has been extraordinary.

 

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