When is a desktop amp more than just a desktop amp? When it’s the NAD D 3045 Hybrid Digital Amplifier.

NAD D 3045 Hybrid Digital Amplifier

It may be small and light but close your eyes and you’ll think you’re listening to a large and heavy box that costs thousands of dollars.

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Five years ago, I reviewed the spiritual successor to NAD’s legendary 3020 integrated amplifier, the D 3020. That tiny box stood atop my rack of heavy and expensive components and blew my mind when it easily drove a pair of Axiom LFR1100 full-range tower speakers to amazingly-high distortion-free volume levels. The D 3045 is just like that amp only more so. It delivers 60 watts-per-channel continuously into 8Ω.

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With a full array of inputs that include analog, moving-magnet phono, optical, coax, HDMI/ARC, and USB, there is nothing you can’t connect to it. And the USB port is asynchronous which means it reclocks incoming streams to eliminate jitter. It supports DSD and MQA up to 24-bit/192kHz through its digital inputs and 24-bit/384kHz through the USB input. Wireless users can enjoy two-way aptX HD Bluetooth. That way, you can stream from a phone or tablet and out to a pair of wireless headphones.

NAD D 3045 Hybrid Digital Amplifier Inputs

Barely larger than a hardcover book, the D 3045 can be placed anywhere you like. Even when driving significant speaker loads, it barely heats beyond room temperature. It’s equally at home on a desktop, or as a featured part of a large media room. If you’re shopping for a reasonably-priced two-channel integrated amp, the D 3045 destroys its competition with an attractive $699 price tag. I’ll be putting it through its paces in the coming weeks. Watch this space for my full review.