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NAD 3130
3 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
MSRP  300.00
Description: The NAD 3130 is a 30 watt per channel integrated amplifier which was manufacturered from 1985 -1987. One of its nicest features in the modern day work of digital audio is the inclusion of good quality MM and MC phono stages. <br> <br>


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rorackowe a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2010

Bottom Line:   
This was my first ever component of true "Hi Fi". I was utterly blown away, haveing only previously experienced boom boxes. Initially it was paired with Goodmans Maxim 2 loudspeakers and a Philips CD630 player, then a Linn Basik / Akito / K9 turntable and Cyrus 781 standmounted speakers.

Sadly the amp was stolen after 7 years of ownership. I have since bought Cyrus amplifiers, and I can only compare it to these and a few other NAD amps I demod. My impressions were that the phono stage was excellent, better than either my late model Cyrus One or III, and possibly the match of my dedicated Creek head amp. The 3020i certainly sounded drier and less musical and the 3225PE (whilst undeniably powerful) less subtle.

Via digital sources the midrange was sweet, although it never quite had the same speed and attack of the Cyrus amps, or the drive for rock, certainly nowhere as revealing as the Cyrus III although maybe more tolerant of poorer sources. The NAD was a much easier and more relaxing listen than either of them and I still miss it!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Z a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The NAD 3130 was the first amp I ever bought as a student in 1987 on Tottenham Court Road. I've pretty much used it non-stop since then and it has never let me down in 22 years - ever ! It was the best sounding amp I could afford at the time (I preferred it to the similarly priced Rotel - can't remember the model) and it has certainly provided me with value for money.

It is a sweet little amp and I've listned to a variety of generes over the years, my favourite being classical and jazz. I have no complaints about the phono stage and paired it with a Rega Planar 2 turntable (wish I had kept it). Its original CD partner was a Denon DCD-610 which finally gave up the ghost last weekend after having a new laser transplant about 4 years ago - I'm looking to replace it with a NAD C545BEE. The original pair of Acoustic Research AR122 bookshelfs were replaced last year with some B&W 685s, and I think the combination sound superb.

Reliable - well this one has proved to be.
Highly versitile.
Great value for money - it may have been pricey for a student in 87' but worth every penny given its long service.

Can't think of any, I hope to keep it for another 20 years!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JimmyBlues a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I just received the NAD 3130 and rrunning it through its paces as I type this terse review. It's untimidating to look at by audiophile standards. NAD's standard grey casework offering a very utliitarian appearance. Nothing fancy, yet in its own way a sense of quiet elegance.

I purchased this unit to give my Linn Classik a breather, as well at the tube amplifiers which I use during the cooler months of the year here (I live in the Northeastern part of the United States).

I can already tell you that the 3130 matches up quite well with my late model Linn Kan V speakers. And that is has a better than average phono stage for an integrated which probably sold new in the mid 1980's for roughly $300.

Like Rega, Linn and many other hi-end audio companies, in the modern day NAD has managed to keep its components affordable through more creative manufacturing methods -- however, I have a strong suspicion that the 3130 is constructed better than anything which NAD currently builds within this respective price range (roughly $600 taking into account inflation).

From my recollection the NAD 3130 stands up quite well next to the Naim Nait 1, 2 and 3 series integrated's that I've owned in the past and a fraction of their cost -- even used. Have you seen the prices of used Naim Nait 2's on Ebay lately?

They regularly sell for between $700 and $800, given their cult following.

And while the later iterations may in fact be a tad more articulate in the midrange,
the Nait 2 is certainly not worth ten times the price of the 3130 -- especially when you consider that the NAD has 10 watts more per channel and the addition of a darn good moving coil phono section (along with its moving magnet section).

Simply put, the 3130 has my Systemdek IIX (equipped with Sumiko Blue Point Special MC cartridge) singing at the present moment.

If your a vinyl junkie who wants great sound without going broke, and leaving with you plenty of moolah left to buy vinyl consider this.

The Systemdek, NAD 3130 and Linn Kan V's cost me a total of $1031.50 delivered. In this day and age many phono cartridges cost more than this.

While I could continue to write about how sweet this little NAD is, it would take away from my listening time. So I'll just close by saying that as long as you get
a 3130 that was built by someone at the factory who was careful about what he doing, you may have yourself a unit which will outlast you.

However, NAD has been as much known for spotty quality control as it has for good sounding affordable equipment. So caveat emptor.

Happy listening!


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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $81.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

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