Accutone Pegasus C

General Information

For colorful individuals. Accutone is bringing colors back in a big way, supporting five highly popular colors. The Pegasus C is all about being different, showing off your personality. Designed to pair with your outfit or colorful smartphones, it is the perfect match to your vibrant and colorful lifestyle.

Designed to be the perfect companion for Apple products, the Pegasus is Made for iPhone. Comes equipped with Apple's certified microphone, the 3-button digital inline control allow adjustments to iPhone's volume, skip songs, activate Siri as well as simply making and ending calls.

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Formerly known as Res-Reviews
Pros: Decent construiction, nice color selection, decent inline controls
Cons: Sound needs a lot of work, very sparse accessories, much too expensive

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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Accutone Pegasus C Review: Colored Shells, Colored Sound[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Today I’ll be reviewing the Pegasus C from Accutone. Coming in at a cool $40, the Pegasus C is among Accutone’s cheapest offerings. On their website Accutone claims that the Pegasus C has “colorful sound”. Let me tell you, they aren’t wrong about that. What they are wrong about is whether or not having colored sound is a good thing.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]You can find the Pegaus C for sale here, on Accutone’s official website.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Disclaimer: This unit was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Accutone beyond this review. These words reflect my true, unaltered, opinion about the product.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, mid-bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Source: The Pegasus C was powered like so:[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Nexus 6P -> earphones[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]or[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Hidizs AP100 3.5mm out -> FiiO A5 3.5mm out -> earphones[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]or[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]HiFiMAN SuperMini -> earphones[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]or[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]PC optical out -> HiFiMe SPDIF 9018 Sabre DAC 3.5mm out -> earphones[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Sound Signature[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Initial Impressions:[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I am unimpressed with the Pegasus C. Just to acclimate myself to this price range I spent about ten hours listening to the KZ ZST, an IEM that is half the price of the Pegasus C. In the pursuit of powerful bass it seems that Acctuone completely neglected the rest of the sound. The midbass is very large, but has no real impact. Treble is boosted, but the mids are pushed down pretty far.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Treble: Songs used: In One EarMidnight CityOutlandsSatisfy[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Treble is boosted along a typical consumer V-shaped model. High-hats are clear, but not nearly as much as I would have liked it at this price point. Extension is mediocre, but not that bad all things considered.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Midnight City’s electronic synths were audible during the intro, but tended to get lost during the choruses and bridges, changing much of their timbre once instruments in the mids were introduced to become more warm and choked.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Nero’s Satisfy showed, unsurprisingly, that the Pegasus C is without sibilance. That’s a good thing, though it doesn’t make up for the generally uninspiring performance of the treble.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Mids: Songs used: Flagpole SittaJacked UpI Am The HighwayDreams[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The mids are, frankly, not too good. It’s a classic case of what I call the Accutone Muffle, a sonic artifact present in most of their bass-boosted IEMs. If you’ve read some of my other Accutone reviews then you should be reasonably familiar with what I am talking about.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Guitars are audible and have some texturing to them, but are poorly separated from the rest of the sound. Their timbre also leaves much to be desired, as they are very warm and soft. I can’t really make out much more (in terms of instruments) in many rock songs beyond the lead guitar and the cymbals. While the occasional strum of the bass guitar and chord from the rythm guitar may come through, it’s not consistent.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Vocals are the least affected by the Accutone Muffle but are still far too warm. I found that female vocals suffered more than male vocals, but were not that impressive either way.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Bass: Songs used: MothGold DustIn For The Kill (Skream Remix)Leave Me[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Bass is, confusingly, not that powerful. While I could make out Moth’s bass guitar well, I found it to not be as well defined as I would have liked. Similarly, I found Gold Dust’s bass to be lacking much of the definition I was seeking. There is little impact, and even less real rumble.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]In For The Kill, ironically, confirmed my suspicions that the bass was neutered as well. Sub-bass extension is mediocre, and mid-bass impact is completely meh.[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Packaging / Unboxing[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pegasus C has some nice packaging. It comes inside a lot of plastic, and I’m left wondering about a Pegasus C where the cost of packaging had been allocated towards the drivers of the IEM instead.[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Build[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Construction Quality[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pegasus C has some respectable construction. The driver housings are made from a colorful matte plastic. There is a beveled Accutone logo that is painted into the side of each housing, giving the high-gamma color scheme some much needed contrast.[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The cable is made from a standard plastic, though it doesn’t feel frail. It has ample stress relief given the very light weight of the driver housings. The cable terminates with a right-angled 3.5mm jack.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]There is also a set of inline controls located on the Pegasus C’s cable. It is of reasonable construction quality and appears to be structurally identical to the one that comes with the Gemini HD and the Pisces BA (Accutone’s two most expensive IEMs).[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The controls work well enough, and the internal mic gave me no problems. When talking with other people they had no complains about my volume or clarity.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Comfort[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pegasus has some unique geometry to it, but is still comfortable. As I mentioned earlier, it is quite light. This is great for when I am moving about as they develop very little momentum, giving them no real chance of slipping out of my ears.[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Accessories[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Accutone stocked the Pegasus C with fairly little in terms of accessories. Had it sounded better, I might be able to give them a pass. However that’s not the case, and I would really have preferred a better variety of eartips.[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Inside the box you’ll find:[/color]
  1. 2x sets of extra silicon eartips

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Summary[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pegasus C is not a reflection of Accutone’s best work. It is the sign of growing pains that every company must go through to develop competitive and high-value products. Unfortunately, due to the Pegasus C’s lackluster sonic performance and sparse accessory offerings, I’m going to have to recommend that you looks elsewhere for your cheap IEMs.[/color]
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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Comfort - Design - Decent Build Quality
Cons: Subpar audio performance - Devoid of important accessories
Greetings Head-fi!
Today we are going to be taking a look at the Pagasus C, a product found in Accutone's 'Standard Line' of earphones.
The Pegasus C was designed as a lifestyle product to be paired with iDevices. Take one look at their site and the Pegasus C product description and this will be made abundantly clear;
"The Pegasus C is all about being different, showing off your personality. Designed to pair with your outfit or colorful smartphones, it is the perfect match to your vibrant and colorful lifestyle."
"Designed to be the perfect companion for Apple products, the Pegasus is Made for iPhone."
They feature an attractive teardrop design in plenty of colors to choose from, iPhone only compatibility for the remote/microphone unit, and a bass-driven sound. With all this in mind, does the Pegasus C stick out in a very crowded segment? Let's find out.
I would like to thank Angus and Accutone for providing the Pegasus C in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I am not receiving any financial compensation for this review and all comments and views within are my honest opinions. They are not representative of Accutone or any other entity.
The Pegasus C can be purchased through Accutone and is currently sells for 39.00 USD:
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I was not able to secure an iDevice for this review, so please keep this in mind. It is certainly possible that the Pegasus C will perform better with an iPhone or iPad than with my HTC. Should I have the opportunity to use the Pegasus C with an iDevice, this review will be updated accordingly.
A Little About Me:
Over the last couple years I decided to dive head first into the world of portable audio. After reading pretty much the entirety of IjokerI's multi-earphone review thread and being greatly inspired, I took a chance and started writing my own reviews. Fast forward a couple years and I've had the opportunity to write about some great products from outstanding companies like RHA, Havi, FiiO, NarMoo, Brainwavz, and Meze. I don't do it for money or free stuff, but because I enjoy it. If my reviews can help guide someone to an earphone that makes them happy, I'll consider that a job well done.
The gear I use for testing is composed of an HTC One M8 cellphone, Topping NX1 portable amplifier, and my aging Asus G73 gaming laptop paired with a Plantronics Rig USB amp. An XDuoo X3 was recently added to the crew. I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. When it comes to signature preference I tend to lean towards aggressive and energetic, but I try not to limit myself to one signature only. I also tend to listen at lower than average volumes.
Enough preamble. Let us dive into the good stuff shall we?

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Packaging and Accessories:
The Pegasus C comes in some pretty cool packaging; that being a solid plastic display case wrapped in a cardboard band featuring an image of the product, a brief description of it's purpose, and some compatibility icons. The top half of the case is clear plastic, and bottom is jet black. On the rear is a hanger that slides out of case allowing it to be hung in a retail shelf. I have to admit that the sheer size of this package makes it an odd choice as it would take up a lot of space on store shelves limiting the number of products that could be displayed. The earphones themselves are pretty tiny, so there is no need for it to be so large, unless of course it's sole purpose is to get your attention. It certainly succeeds at that.
Removing the cardboard band and splitting the case in half reveals the Pegasus C neatly perched in transparent u-shaped clips that ensure the earphones are the first thing to greet you. The portion of the package holding these clips can be removed and splits into two sections that hide the extra silicone ear tips (s/l sizes) and an instruction manual. A more portable carrying case or bag is not included and would have been a welcome addition.

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Build, Design, Comfort, Isolation:
The Pegasus C's housing is composed completely of a very dense and durable feeling plastic. That combined with great fit and finish inspires confidence that these housings will stand up to some abuse and poor treatment.
The cable is a pretty standard rubber-coated affair. Memory is minimal and so are microphonics (cable noise). Strain relief is non-existent at the 90 degree angled jack and y-split, quite good leading into and out of the in-line control unit, and present leading into the housings. Relief at the housings is too short and stiff to offer much, if any protection from tugs and pulls.
The inline mic is made entirely of plastic and feels fragile, especially compared to the quality of plastic chosen for the housings. The buttons depress with defined clicks and are easy to tell apart from each other due to the ergonomic design. Microphone quality is simply alright. My voice comes through fairly clear, though there is some notable background static that intrudes on your conversations.
Comfort is outstanding. The housings are very slim and smooth. Their shape reminds me of a stone you would find at the beach that has been worn down by the water. This plus their extreme lightness makes them exceptionally comfortable. They can easily be worn while lying on your side and pretty much disappear when walking around. The occasional tug from the cable reminds you that you're wearing something.
The Pegasus C is amply vented. That plus a shallow fit means isolation is well below average, even for a dynamic driver. Depending on what you're using them for, this could be seen as a positive or a negative. If trying to isolate the outside world, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. If you still want to hear what is going on around you while jogging or walking around downtown, these should do the trick.

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Tips: Due to the unique shape and shallow fit, I resorted to using the included large tips. A smaller than average nozzle width meant there wasn't much in my collection that fit, other than a slew of tips of nearly identical shape and bore that did nothing to change the sound, or at least there wasn't enough of an effect for me to clearly determine any changes.
Amping: The Pegasus C is easy to drive. Amping doesn't seem to change their sound, which will be easily understood in the future comments. Given there was no real benefit in amping or playing them through my XDuoo X3, the HTC One M8 alone was my primary device for music and phone calls.
The first Accutone product I heard, the Pavo, impressed me with a fairly well-refined, energetic, and reasonably balanced signature. That combined with good features and a nice accessory kit makes them one of my favorite picks for an earphone around 50 USD. While the Pegasus C isn't without it's merits I am disappointed to state that it does not live up to the expectations I had based on my experiences with the Pavo, or even Accutone's Lyra model which retails for 10 USD less.
The Pegasus C is marketed as being tuned for "ultra-bass". While this is certainly a warm and bassy earphone, the quality of their bass is lacking and the balance of mid- and sub-bass is heavy skewed towards the mid-bass. I unfortunately found it fuzzy, ever-present, lacking any dynamic range (i.e. one-note), and without much texture. Bass also seems to roll off early, further accentuating the impressive mid-bass presence. The Pegusus C's bass tends to thud along in the foreground, eating into the midrange.
The midrange would be alright if it wasn't for the mid-bass intrusion. On songs that focus very intently on vocals with instruments in a clear supporting role, such as Alicia Keys' 'Unthinkable' they can be pleasant to listen to. However, the midrange is marred by a fairly thick veil that smears and muddies detail.
This continues into the upper ranges as the Pegasus C suffers from recessed, dull treble. Treble plays third fiddle to the midrange and bass especially, resulting in a earphone that lacks energy and any sense of air or urgency. On the plus side, this makes them very easy to listen to for extended lengths, its just that it isn't a particularly enjoyable listen.
Soundstage, imaging, and instrument separation are all virtually non-existent making the Pegasus C sound closed in and stuffy. Listening to them with complicated metal tracks really exacerbates these shortcomings.
When it comes down to it, the Pegasus C's stock tuning is uninspired. In fact, they sound nearly identical to my old pair of Skullycandy Smokin' Buds from the early to mid-2000s that I used to rock in university, and of which I still have a working pair.
All is not lost though! If you have picked these up or are considering them and want to get the most out of these 9mm drivers, I highly recommend spending some time with an equalizer. Using the basic 5-band equalizer in the Shuttle app on my HTC One M8, the Pegasus C was transformed into a fairly enjoyable listen. I bet you could make them sound even better with a more feature rich program. My settings:
60 Hz | -3 db
230 Hz | -5 db
910 Hz | -2 db
4 kHz | +3 db
14 kHz | +6 db
These fairly extreme (in my opinion) adjustments make the Pegasus C sound like a completely different earphone. The improvement in their clarity and detail is immediately noticeable now that the mid-bass isn't running the show. The mid-bass bleed is virtually non-existent, treble actually has some presence, and the midrange no longer comes across muddied and veiled. They even end up sounding fairly open and dare I say it, spacious? These adjustments not only make the Pegasus C sound much, much better in every way, but they also bring it more in line with the sound of other Accutone products.

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Select Comparisons:
Skullcandy Smokin Buds (~15.00 USD): The Pegasus C and Smokin Buds sound nearly identical, with the Pegasus C bringing slightly more detail to the party. Other than that, they both have too much mid-bass that muddies up their sound, though the Buds are nowhere near as receptive to equalization or as comfortable.
Accutone Lyra (29.00): The Lyra rings in at 10 USD less than the Pegasus C, but feels like the more premium product in everything but packaging. They have an all-metal housing, a very nice cable, a universal 3-button remote that works with both iOs and Android devices, and a more technically proficient driver. They do offer different signatures with the Lyra being brighter and less bassy, but listening to them back-to-back it is undeniably clear that the Lyra lacks the veil and muddiness of the Pegasus C while giving you a much for spacious and airy soundstage with decent imaging. In the favor of the Pegasus C, it is much more comfortable and easier to get a good fit. The Lyra has an exceptionally short nozzle and pudgy housing.
The Pegasus C is a fairly well-built and exceptionally comfortable earphone that suffers from lackluster audio performance. With some serious equalization you can get around this notable flaw, but I can't see many willing to take this step when you can purchase earphones that perform much better out of the box.
That said, their excellent comfort and limited isolation would make the Pegasus C a great earphone for jogging, biking, and other physical activities, especially if sound quality is lower on your list of priorities than fit and features. If sound quality is still very important and you are willing to spend time with an equalizer, the Pegasus C might be worth a look.
In the end I have a hard time recommending them, especially when the Lyra exists within Accutone's product list. The stock sound quality of the Pegasus C is very subpar and the included accessories too barren to overlook.
Thanks for reading.
- B9Scrambler
I find that Accutone must have switched it's design philosophy sometime in the recent past. There's a hard line between IEMs that I do like, and IEMs that I don't in their release timeline. It's a shame that the Pegasus is so meh, but I was expecting it TBH,
It seems like it. The Pavo and Lyra in particular share a very different design philosophy than pretty much everything else in their lineup. Makes me excited to see what the Gemini HD and Pisces BA successors will be like. Right now the Lyra seems like the sweet spot in the lineup despite a couple shortcomings. Should be posting my review of them today or tomorrow if things go as planned.
It is a shame the Pegasus sounds so underwhelming. If they had better tuning (the driver is capable based on my experiences eq'ing them) they would actually be pretty great. The form factor and comfort are excellent. 


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