Musician Audio Pegasus

General Information

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Technical highlights
  • Proprietary R2R + DSD structure
  • Really balanced 24BIT R2R + 6BIT DSD (32-step FIR filter)
  • Low noise power supply
  • FIFO buffer
  • Digital signal processing via FPGA
  • DSD1024, PCM1536 support USB and I2S input (Audio source must be compatible with the machine’s interface)
  • Proprietary USB audio solution through MCU based on STM32F446 advanced AMR
  • Thesycon USB driver licensed for Windows platform
  • No driver required on Mac and Linux
  • All inputs support DSD64-DoP
  • DSD1024 only support USB input
  • All inputs support 24bits / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192KHz
  • 1536kHz for USB and I2S input
Sampling method
  • Original sampling rate / Sample rate exceeded
Digital input
  • Coaxial * 1, via RCA
  • Optical fiber * 1
  • USB * 1
  • AES / EBU * 1
  • I2S via HDMI LVDS * 1
Analog output
  • RCA is 2.2Vrms,625Ω
  • XLR is 4.4Vrms,1250Ω
Technical Parameters
  • Frequency response: 10Hz ~ 60KHz
  • Total harmonic distortion plus noise: 0.002%
  • Signal to noise ratio: 123dB (A-weighted)
  • Resistance accuracy: 0.005%
  • Dynamic range:> 120dB
  • AC power requirements: 110-240V voltage, 50/60Hz (Global voltage)
  • Power consumption: ≤20W
  • Dimensions: 280 x 250 x 50 mm
  • Package size: 375 x 330 x 115 mm
  • Package Content: DAC only. No power cord and remote control
  • Weight: 3.9 Kg
  • Color: Silver / Black
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500+ Head-Fier
just for the record: this is an almost exact copy of the Denafrips Ares II at a higher price.
The differences are
- the more elaborate case (nice but costly),
- different kind of inputs (this could be usefull if you need just that different input)
and what I consider negatives:
- the powered (active) output stage (more dynamic but less refined and natural)
- and the simplified power input capacitance (they claim 2 big caps are better but it's just cheaper to make than the large array of fast small caps which is Denafrips signature solution).

There are almost no comparisons around which is rather strange. It seems like all reviews are made under NDA and follow the press release to the letter. Personally I really don't like this marketing strategy. Just put a few side by side and you will see. There is one YouTube video that does acknowledge the big elephant in the room and it isn't favorable to the Musician Pegasus. Looking at the inside with my experience in R2R dacs it is very probably the honest truth.

Both are very fine units. The Ares is the better one IMO but can sound rounded and layd back if you are used to pumped up overly (artificially) detailed sigma delta dacs. The Pegasus is a big step towards more 'analogish' sound but loses fine detail and ambiance because of the added electronics in the output stage.

Do the research and make your own conclusion.