MUSICIAN PEGASUS II R2R DAC Black

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The Musician Pegasus II presents itself as a magnificent and particularly powerful DAC, taking advantage of a neat R2R architecture. Integrating the best current technologies, the device benefits from a low-noise power supply, a FIFO buffer, signal processing by FPGA and a FIR filter. It is thus capable of decoding very high sample rates, up to 32bit PCM 1536kHz and DSD1024 via its USB and I2S inputs.

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MUSICIAN PEGASUS II DAC R2R Discret Symétrique 32bit 1536kHz DSD1024 Black

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The Musician Pegasus presents itself as a magnificent and particularly powerful DAC, taking advantage of a neat R2R architecture. Integrating the best current technologies, the device benefits from a low-noise power supply, a FIFO buffer, signal processing by FPGA and a FIR filter. It is thus capable of decoding very high sample rates, up to 32bit PCM 1536kHz and DSD1024 via its USB and I2S inputs. The USB interface is managed by a STM32F446 MCU with Thesycon driver. The whole unit is integrated in a massive Aluminium case.

Version II of the Musician Pegasus DAC features an upgrade of its internal components for enhanced performance. This time it benefits from an Altera Cyclone IV chip, as well as audiophile-grade capacitors and independent power supplies for its digital and analog parts.

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A more than complete connection system

The Musician Pegasus II provides you with most of the connections common to today's HiFi devices. We thus find at the input of USB-B, I2S via HDMI LVDS, AES/EBU, Toslink Optics and Coaxial. On the output side, the device offers unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR, the latter output being obviously recommended to take advantage of the full potential of the device.

It is not recommended to use the XLR and RCA outputs simultaneously, as these are shared.

Musician Pegasus II connectors diagram
1Input selector
2Power button
3NOS button
4RCA right channel output
5XLR right channel output
6XLR left channel output
7RCA left channel output
8I2S input via HDMI
9Coaxial input
10Optical Toslink input
11AES input
12USB-B input
13Power supply input

I2S pinout configuration

To make it compatible with most devices, the Musician Pegasus offers several configurations of its I2S pinout. To modify this setting, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the I2S input.
  2. Press and hold the NOS button for 3 seconds until the I2S indicator light flashes.
  3. Press the NOS button again to change to I2S mode.
  4. Once the correct mode has been selected, the device confirms the setting and automatically exits the parameterization mode.
Musician Pegasus DAC R2R Discret Symétrique 32bit 1536kHz DSD1024 Noir

If the setting does not produce satisfactory sound (e.g. a hissing noise), this cannot be considered a device malfunction, but simply an incompatibility. The recommended solution is to use a customized HDMI cable, adapted to the pinout of your device and the Pegasus.

Test of Musician Pegasus by Audio Science Review

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Technical characteristics

Specifications
Product typeDAC R2R
Inputs1x USB-B
1x Coaxial
1x Optical Toslink
1x AES/EBU
1x I2S via HDMI LVDS
Outputs1x Single-ended RCA
1x Balanced XLR
Supported sampling ratesI2S / USB : PCM up to 32bit 1536kHz, DSD up to DSD1024
Others inputs : PCM up to 24bit 192kHz, DSD DoP up to DSD64
Frequency response10Hz - 60kHz
THD+N0.002%
SNR123dB (A-Weighted)
Dynamic range> 120dB
Output levelRCA : 2.2Vrms
XLR : 3.55Vrms
General
Supply voltage110-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Consumption≤ 20W
Dimensions280 x 250 x 50mm
Weight3.9kg
ColorBlack
Package1x Musician Pegasus II
1x Power cable
Pinout I2S
PINMode 1Mode 2Mode 3Mode 4Mode 5Mode 6Mode 7Mode 8
1DATA-DATA-DATA+DATA+DATA-DATA-DATA+DATA+
3DATA+DATA+DATA-DATA-DATA+DATA+DATA-DATA-
4BCK-BCK-BCK-BCK-BCK+BCK+BCK+BCK+
6BCK+BCK+BCK+BCK+BCK-BCK-BCK-BCK-
7LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+
9LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-LRCK+LRCK-
 
Data sheet
InputI2S via HDMI
InputUSB
InputOptical
InputAES/EBU
InputSPDIF
OutputRCA
OutputXLR
DAC / ADC ChipNC
Max sampling rateDSD1024
Max sampling rate1536kHz
ColorBlack
NetworkingNo
Remote ControlNo
 
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What a great DAC
With my Pegasus II you can now assume that my device has completed the warm-up and I have to say, I am more impressed with the sound of this DAC than ever before. The sound is full, full of dynamics, great transparency, I don't notice any of the supposed slowness... I can't say which DAC/preamp combination sounds better, our Gustard R26 with the integrated preamp or the Pegasus II in the office the Aune S17Pro as a preamplifier. I also can't fault the resolution compared to the R26. Maybe it's my other devices, i.e. the entire hi-fi chain, which has a very positive effect on the Pegasus II here in the office, but in any case it's really absolutely great here. It copes better with all acoustic music than the Gustard R26, and the voices are perhaps a little better. The R26 is perhaps a touch more relaxing than the Pegasus because it has such a certain consistency across all genres of music.

I also considered the Topping DX9 because it is a promising all-in-one device and tried it at home. I didn't like the DX9 at all with the integrated preamp, but with the Aune S17pro as a preamp the DX9 was like a replacement, downright terrific. Breathtaking dynamics, extremely clear, only a slight lingering of the higher frequencies bothered me a bit, but otherwise really great. In the meantime I had already ordered the Pegasus and delivery was on the way. I also have to admit that I would only have kept the Topping DX if I didn't need an external preamp, because then the combination for the office would have slowly become an expensive investment.

A little thing: I had to look a little for settings for the I2S input because the standard pin assignment didn't match the SD-9 from SMSL, but you can change that with the NOS button (if anyone wants to know).

I'll probably try one more thing, namely I read about the tip to replace the micro fuses, which should open up the sound even more. I'll try it, but from my point of view that wouldn't be necessary, as I'm already taking measures in the other direction to tame the transparency and resolution a bit. I find poor sound recordings to be a little more difficult to listen to on the Pegasus than on the R26. So I don't think I want the sound to be any more open and transparent, it's great.
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