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Amp : NAD 3120
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Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:10 pm   Amp : NAD 3120

Hi all !

I friend of mine is selling an amp NAD 3120
Do you know this one ? I love the design and my father said me NAD are excellent
What's the price and is it a good amp ?


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Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:22 pm   

Just buy active monitors my dear. :D

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Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:56 pm   

It's quite an old amp now. It was only an entry level amplifier when it was it was introduced, they were in production 1984 - 1987. NAD have always sounded clear to me if only a bit bass light. The 3120 does have a MM and MC phono stage though, I would give the pots a good clean and not pay more than £10 - £15 (14 euro - 22 euro) for it though.


The NAD 3120 is on the same chassis as the venerable 3020, but sans the tone controls,balance control,and LEDs. This is more of a purist version of the 3020, with less noise and blacker background. The NAD 3120 has provision for a turntable and can accept MM or MC phono cartridges. As well the amp and pre amp section can be separated by u shaped jumpers. Which means later on you can add a more powerful amplifier in the future. Has NADs soft clipping feature means if overdriven the waveform voltage so that the output devices are never driven into hard clipping.Thus the amplifier can safely be over driven beyond its rated power without harm to the speakers. There is also a switch on the back to set ohm loading at 8 or 4 ohms depending on which speakers you use. Uses 4 RCA high current out put transistors, that are usually associated with most manufacturers 50 or 60 watt amps. Has built in infrasonic and ultrasonic filters so amplifier power is not wasted on outside sources such as turntable rumble,floor vibrations, etc.
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