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    AQ Pegasus/Thunderbird vs Shunyata Alpha

    Those of you who have heard these interconnects, how do they compare? Sonic characteristics?
    Should be used between an Esoteric K-05XD and a Diablo 300 with Magnepan 3.7.
    Your input would be much appreciated.

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    Re: AQ Pegasus/Thunderbird vs Shunyata Alpha

    Quote Originally Posted by Panelguy View Post
    Those of you who have heard these interconnects, how do they compare? Sonic characteristics?
    Should be used between an Esoteric K-05XD and a Diablo 300 with Magnepan 3.7.
    Your input would be much appreciated.
    I've heard both fairly extensively in my own system. I presently own the Alpha V2s and and Stephen Mejias at AQ (whom I know) sent me a pair of the Thunderbirds for eval. They're both very good ICs, with excellent transparency, resolution, and clarity. The Alpha V2s provide a bit more "body and weight" to the presentation, and the Thunderbirds have what I would describe as a bit more "sparkle" on the high end.

    Personally, I've found cables at this level to be a lot like quality singlemalts, like comparing Talisker to Oban. They're both excellent, just...different. Which someone prefers with respect to what they want to live with is very much a matter of personal taste.

    You're best bet, IMHO, is to rent both in from a company that "rents" cables (e.g. The Cable Company), and give each a listen in your system, and then decide. Then, you'll actually know with...data, as it were. At the end of the day, all that matters is what you like.

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    Re: AQ Pegasus/Thunderbird vs Shunyata Alpha

    I owned for quite some time the Shunyata Sigma 2. I thought they were dull sounding, no excitement in dynamics, soundstage etc.

    Currently I own the AQ Thunderbirds. They took quite a while to fully burn in, but today, I am really amazed at how well the soundstage is lit. At times when there is a solo guitar or a sax etc. it seems like it jumps out at you. Very impressive. Never experienced that with the Shunyata's.

    I now own both the AQ Thunderbird XLR interconnects and the Zero and Bass speaker cables. BTW, I also have AQ Dragon power cords and the AQ 7000 power conditioner. So, perhaps there is quite a bit of synergy going on.

    ozzy

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    Re: AQ Pegasus/Thunderbird vs Shunyata Alpha

    Thanks Puma Cat and Ozzy 🙏
    I will try the Alpha xlr next week to find out If it is an improvement over my Synergistic Accelerator.

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    Re: AQ Pegasus/Thunderbird vs Shunyata Alpha

    Quote Originally Posted by Panelguy View Post
    Thanks Puma Cat and Ozzy 🙏
    I will try the Alpha xlr next week to find out If it is an improvement over my Synergistic Accelerator.
    Compared to my Synergistic Accelerators the Alpha was not an improvement, in MY system, too bright and analytical sounding, lacking in warmth and bass punch.

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