NAD - D 3045 - Desktop DAC Amplifier
Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.
We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is NAD the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!
We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
The NAD D 3045 is everything a modern amplifier should be; compact, energy efficient, powerful, silent, High Resolution capable, and packed with cutting edge features like DSD and MQA playback. NAD’s expertise in both digital and analog engineering is on full display in this flexible and affordable amplifier.
- 2 x 60W Hybrid Digital Amplifier
- 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
High Res is to audio, what High Definition is to video. It is more lifelike and natural, and an altogether more enjoyable listening experience. With features like Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) the D 3045 can faithfully and accurately reproduce the full spectrum of sound encapsulated on the Studio Master. Until now, music lovers have only been allowed to hear an edited version of the full fidelity because our 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 High Res downloads and streaming we can now enjoy exactly the same experience the artist heard in the studio when the recording was first made.
NAD recognise that just because there is a new better format available doesn’t mean your present music collection will be discarded – far from it. So we have included all the inputs and circuits required to listen to all your current music, while also possessing the capability to fully exploit today’s best High Res sources. Especially notable is the Asynchronous USB input for attaching a computer which allows High Res streaming using one of the several High Res programs like Roon, JRiver, and Amarra. Asynchronous operation uses the D 3045’s precision clock (instead of the computers clock) to reduce jitter to a minimum and make the USB format work ideally for audio. For everyday convenience we have included Bluetooth wireless streaming featuring aptX HD, the latest 24-bit High Res version of Bluetooth that is being supported by more and more phones and tablets. Additionally, if you have Bluetooth headphones, you can also stream your non-Bluetooth sources wirelessly to your headphones, or you can plug in your wired headphones to enjoy the exceptional performance of our low impedance, high current, Headphone Amplifier.
FEATURES YOU WON’T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE
Love vinyl? The D 3045 features NAD’s super accurate, wide dynamic range, Moving Magnet Phono preamp to extract every last morsel of sound from your LPs. If you still play CDs, we have both analog and digital inputs. The digital inputs allow use of the advanced High Res DAC built into the D 3045. You can even send the sound from your TV to the NAD and seamlessly control the system using your TV’s remote by taking advantage of the HDMI ARC input. Complete your system by adding a subwoofer with the convenient Sub Out jack.
PERFORMANCE AND PRICE
The NAD D 3045 includes advanced capabilities usually only found in far more expensive components. High Res USB DACs? They start at about 3X the price of the D 3045. High Current headphone amplifiers start at the price of the D 3045 and go up from there. Power Amps featuring 60wpc and with the low distortion and high current capability of the D 3045 are rare at this price. Yet all these products are wrapped into one compact, energy efficient, and convenient package engineered by one of audio’s most iconic brands. 45 years of audio excellence is on full display with this innovative and versatile component. Just add your favourite music source and a great set of speakers to enjoy many years of sonic bliss.
PREAMPLIFIER SECTION LINE INPUT/PRE OUT
- THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.003% at 2V out
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >100dB (IHF, A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)
- Channel separation: >85dB (1kHz); >80dB (10kHz)
- Input impedance (R and C): 47kohms + 220pF
- Maximum input signal: >5.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
- Output impedance: 400 Ohms
- Input sensitivity: 82mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
- Frequency response: ±0.2dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
- Maximum voltage output – IHF load: >4V (ref. 0.1% THD)
PHONO INPUT / PRE OUT
- THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.015% at 2V out
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >82dB (200 Ohm source, A-weighted, ref. 500mV out); >76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
- Input sensitivity: 1.35mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
- Maximum input signal at 1kHz: >90mVrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
- Frequency response: ±0.3dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
LINE INPUT / HEADPHONE OUT
- THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.003% at 120mW
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >90dB (32 Ohm load; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)
- Frequency response: ±0.3dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
- Output impedance 2 Ohms: Maximum headphone output – 32 Ohm load <8V (ref. 0.1% THD)
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS LINE INPUT/SPEAKER OUT
- Continuous output power into 4 and 8 Ohms: 60W (ref. 20Hz-20kHz at 0.03% THD, both channels driven)
- THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.005% (at 1W, 4 and 8 ohms)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >98dB (A-weighted, 500mV input, ref. 2.828V out in 4 Ohms)
- Clipping power: >80W (at 1kHz 4 Ohms 0.1% THD)
- IHF dynamic power: 8 Ohms - 80W; 4 Ohms - 150W; 2 Ohms - 200W
- Peak output current: >18A (in 1 Ohm, 1ms)
- Damping factor: >300 (ref. 8 Ohms, 20Hz to 6.5kHz)
- Frequency response: ±0.3dB (20Hz – 20kHz)
- Channel separation: >75dB (1kHz); >70dB (10kHz)
- Input sensitivity: 260mV (for 30W in 4 Ohms)
- Supports bit rate/sample rate: Up to 24 bit/192kHz (digital source); Up to 24 bit/384kHz (computer source)
- Standby power: <0.5W
DIMENSION AND WEIGHT
- Gross dimensions (W x H x D)*: 70 x 235 x 265 mm / 2 13/16 x 9 5/16 x 10 7/16 inches**
- Net weight: 3.6kg (7.9lb)
Welcome to The Audio Tailor’s NAD range.
If you’re looking for a turntable for your records or a good receiver to connect your input and output devices, then we’ve got a couple of sweet selections here.
But, if you need an amplifier, then don’t move. You’re definitely in the right place.
We have quite possibly the most comprehensive selection of NAD amplifiers in Australia at brilliant prices.
Know exactly what you want? Then head straight over to our list of pre, phono, power, integrated, or multi-channel amplifiers.
If you’re still trying to sort out which one is which, and deciding on what your hi-fi set-up needs; then you may have already gone down the Google and Reddit research route.
These are great places to start. By now, you most likely have an idea that NAD is a brand worth checking out for a few main reasons. Its pure, clean, powerful sound production is a given. Award-winning technology and design released year after year over the last five decades isn’t anything to overlook either.
You’ve skimmed through dozens of articles about the huge range of amps to suit all usages. You’ve whistled at the most technical “I finally found the perfect music set-up” blogs sporting two-box whozits and multi-channel whatzits. You might’ve weighed up just going for the easiest integrated plug-and-play solutions. Maybe you’ve taken it one step further and even watched the Youtube reviews comparing future upgrade pathways if you get that thing or the other one.
Either way, here you are.
At the core of it, NAD is a brand that prides itself on offering a kind of quality never seen before at its price point. Before NAD came on the scene, we audiophiles had The Super Expensive Good Stuff and the Mass Produced Knock-Offs, which while not the stuff dreams are made of, at least could be purchased without taking out a bank loan. To be honest, NAD has opened up a whole new world for seekers of unadulterated sound. One that we don’t need to sell a kidney for, which is lowkey, a huge plus.
If you’re still not 100% certain on what works best for you, there are two roads to take at this stage depending on the kind of person you are:
You’re an “After” person: Of the she’ll-be-right variety. Then, scroll on down and pick out whatever you need. Checkout is a breeze, and we’re always available on email or through the phone on 1300 308 711 if you have any questions while you’re setting up, or even after you’ve had it a while. We’re here in case anything goes wrong or could’ve gone better. We’ll do our best to sort you out if, and when you need us.
You’re a “Before” person: If you enjoy peace of mind before handing over your hard-earned cash, then sound advice and years of technical expertise is what you’re looking for. In that case, pop on by our Brisbane store and come talk to us in person. That’s the best way to ask a bunch of questions, look at the actual products, and listen to some of it in action. Not a people person? No worries. We man our email inbox regularly and are always available over the phone on 1300 308 711. Give us a yell before purchasing. We’ll help ensure you’re making the best choice out of tons of available NAD options.
Once we get you set up with the perfect amplifier for your set-up, then it’s time to tackle your wireless speaker game. Because, what’s the point of getting that crisp, clear sound if you can’t fill every nook and cranny of your living space with it? See you over at the best bluesound in Australia!