DDA120

Winner of the 2016 the absolute sound Editor´s Choice Awards:

“The DDA-120 was made for audiophiles who need a moderately priced, single-box amp/preamp to connect any conventional digital source to a pair of loudspeakers. If your speakers are at least 88dB sensitive and you can work around the DDA-120’s ergonomic limitations, you may find that it is simply the best-integrated amplifier you’ve heard.”

 

DDA120

Optoma NuForce DDA120 Direct Digital Integrated Amplifier-DAC

June 2015

NuForce, the California-based audio brand best known for their proprietary class-D power amplifiers, was recently acquired by Optoma Technology, known to many as a major maker of DLP projectors. Also recently, the high-end division of NuForce was spun off as a new company, NuPrime, which will manufacture more expensive products, such as the amplifiers based on NuForce’s high-end, class-D amplifier modules with Cross Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor boards.

NuForce itself will continue to manufacture less costly products, but gone from their product line are many of the very small models — e.g., the Icon integrated amplifiers — which were popular for use with desktop systems. However, NuForce continues to offer compact stereo and home-theater components, and high-quality earphones. Thankfully, my favorite NuForce product, the DDA-100 Direct Digital integrated amplifier (discontinued), now lives on as the DDA120, which adds some key new features and a slight increase in price, from $549 to $699 USD.

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DDA120

Awarded 4 stars

Translated review:

Compact and flexible amplifier
“If you are interested in setting up a super compact system in your living room, NuForce DDA120 is one place to start.”

“The front panel is very simple with only a volume knob, and a few light-diodes showing input and volume. With a digital amplifier, nothing is converted to analogue until it reaches the speaker outputs. This is positive for the sound quality.”

“…it can show a pretty large sound field, and it performs way better than expected by an amplifier this size. It is of course very easy to connect and to use.”

“The sound is surprisingly controlled and precise, and very well balanced. The bass response is bigger and more voluptuous than you would think, the mids are alive and dynamic, and the treble has just the right amount of energy and detail.”

“…this is after all a product at a very reasonable price and that has everything you need for today’s digital music-reproduction.
One competitor we need to take into consideration is of course the more affordable NAD D3020. This is a hard nut to crack for DDA120, and it just about manages to do so.”

“It sounds good enough, it has the features, and it looks good. Its compact exterior makes it easy to position, and it can easily be hidden away in a bookshelf. Not a bad buy, actually. A strong 4 out of 6 stars.”

Watt thinks:
“DDA120 is an interesting and exciting choice in a digital world of music. Well worth a try”