New Italian audio brand Pegaso may be just a year old, but already it comes with decades of design expertise and a wealth of hi-fi know-how, thanks to the company's family tree. What's more, it plans to specialize, focusing purely on valve-based electronics. First 'out of the stable' is the P50A integrated amplifier.
"Pegaso products are, and will always be, built around valves, and conceived, designed and manufactured in Italy. It's a new chapter in our history, but with the same goal: to craft reference-quality audio electronics." - says AF Group SRL, the dynamic company that owns the award-winning Audio Analogue brand and which is now leveraging the significant experience gained in creating solid-state electronics, to launch a new venture in collaboration with a team of specialized valve electronics designers. The Pegaso brand, says the company, represents "a perfect union between tradition and progress - the warm and involving sound of valves married with the highly technical and sophisticated design philosophy of decades of solid-state experience." The brand name and logo - Pegasus, the mythological winged horse - was chosen to symbolize the desired result - the sound quality of great power and character, precise and dynamic, yet also rich in nuances with the freedom to 'take off' with a vibrant lightness of touch.
The first product in the Pegaso range is the P50A, a fully balanced 50W integrated class A amplifier. The circuit design is purposefully simple: the preamplifier section is limited to input selection and volume control, while the power amplifier stage is made up of 4 x 6922 and 4 x KT90 valves in a push-pull configuration. The components used throughout are carefully selected for both sonic performance and for reliability (and all are tested for long life at high temperatures in order to guarantee durability). Many of the parts used are custom made to the company's specifications by local suppliers, thus ensuring a close working relationship and guaranteeing quality control.
The preamplifier signal path is kept as short and clean as possible by using microprocessors to select input and volume level. Four different volume scales are provided in order to perfectly match the gain to the speaker sensitivity. Bypassing the volume control on one of the inputs enables the P50A to be used as a power amplifier with an alternative preamplifier, alternatively, that input can act as a home theatre bypass input, allowing the P50A to be used to drive the front left and right channels in a multi-channel set-up. The Pegaso P50A is available with a silver or black finish and is partnered with a remote control machined in solid aluminum. The amp is priced at £5,750. Info and photos by Pegaso.