Question Speakers to go with NAD Stereo Amp 3020?


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Hello everyone,

I'd be really grateful for your advice. I'm building a home cinema/gaming/stereo system, using a NAD Series 20 Stereo Amplifier 3020 as the hub for a PS3 and projector: HDMI going into the projector for the video, and audio cables into the amp.

I've inherited the amp from my folks; my dad bought it in the early 80s along with a pair of large speakers (can't remember the make). I want to get a decent pair of speakers to go with them, but I'm not sure what technical things I need to bear in mind.

There's nothing on the amp itself about its technical specifications, and I haven't been able to find a manual online that might include such things. I'm a bit in the dark, unfortunately!

Where should I start? Forgive my ignorance; all assistance would be greatly appreciated.




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The specs and manual for the amplifier are available from NAD here.

The choice of speakers will depend on the size of the room, how loud you need, budget, floor standing or on a shelf or stand,...


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If you're looking to create a cinema system then the first thing you need to look at is you're amplifier.

You need to find out if your amp has the ability to create a surround sound experience, i.e. pro-logic. You also need to look towards amp's inputs to see if you can add a Blu-ray player via an optical or analogue inputs.

On the back of the amp where the inputs are, this is where you will find the inputs. I'm guessing by its age though that it will just be a simple stereo amp and will just have the standard rca inputs for musical 2-channel products.

You will still be able to work with a Blu-ray player so long as the old fashion stereo outputs.

Once you've established if your amp can output to more than one set of speakers in a none stereo manor, then you'll be able move closer to your realisation of a home cinema set-up

Regards, Shane.


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The Original NAD 3020 was rated as one of the 10 Best Amps of All Time. However, while it sounds big and powerful, the actually power is very modest. I'm guessing in the range of 20w/ch to 30w/ch. But it is a good place to start. This is the amp that put the NAD Brand on the Map.

As to speakers, we would need a working BUDGET before we can address that.

As to connecting Video Sources, you would likely need a DAC. Connect all the video sources to the TV, then the TV Digital Audio Out to the DAC, and the DAC to the Stereo.


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