IsoTek is an English company making award-winning power optimisation products for hi-fi and home cinema systems. You can increase the performance of your audio and video components and the IsoTek EVO3 Initium Mains Power Cable is a highly recommended upgrade.
Before we discuss the product details of the EVO 3 Initium mains power cord, lets review some of the reasons why people like us and our friends at IsoTek really believe you need to seriously consider upgrading your mains power cords.
The standard black mains leads supplied with your audio and AV components is designed to do a basic job at the cheapest price and absolutely no more. It doesn't matter on a kitchen appliance, but they lack the quality of materials and construction needed to protect the integrity of the electricity feeding your system, thereby degrading performance. Outside interference from Radio Frequencies (RFI) and Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) can't be seen with your eye, but your mains power cable is just like an antenna picking up this unwanted noise. The first rung on the IsoTek ladder is to replace these power cords with products from one of the four different ranges based on the value of your system.
Of course, you will get the best by choosing the top-of-the-range EVO3 Optimum mains power cord no matter what you've spent on your system, but realising that approach is not practical and would simply have most of you dismiss an upgrade, Isotek have manufactured a range of four mains power cables that all help reject outside interference but to varying levels. As you move through the IsoTek range the performance level increases, with an array of mains cables and power optimisation devices to suit any audio or AV setup.
Initium: Isotek's entry level power cable for any component priced under $1,000. An easy way to increase performance.
Premier: Part of the Discovery Series and for any component priced between A$500 and A$2,000. A simple upgrade that delivers great results.
Sequel: A step up from the Premier mains power cable and nicely priced. Recommended for any component priced between A$1,500 and A$4,000.
Elite: Part of the Performance Series and recommended for any component priced between A$3,000 and A$10,000. Extremely high quality materials used for construction given the price. The penultimate product.
Optimum: Cutting edge in every area and essential when your system is more valuable than your motor car! Part of IsoTeks Ultimate range.
A Closer Look - EVO3 Initium Mains Power Cord
The Initium heralds a significant step up in quality of materials used and represents, we believe, one of the highest quality and specification power cables at its price point. Initium includes trickle down technology from the EVO3 Premier cable that was two years in development.
Construction: The conductors are in a parallel construction with slight rotational twist. This established technique remains the first line of defense against RFI and EMI rejection.
Conductors: 99.9999% OFC conductors offer an exceptional level of purity with enhanced conductivity. They are less likely to fracture or degrade over time.
Dielectric: PE dielectric (insulation) is chemically inert and has a very low dielectric constant over a wide frequency range. PE possesses a very high degree of stress crack resistance and a low coefficient of friction making it an exceptional dielectric. PE is a good choice for safety in both temperature and electrical insulation.
Filler: Cotton filler has been used to give the cable internal strength and reduce microphony. Cotton also possesses excellent dielectric properties, the best of a solid material.
Wrap: A paper wrap is used to secure the construction prior to the application of a flexible PVC jacket. The addition of the paper and cotton form a buffer with the PVC so as to maintain exceptional dielectric properties.
Jacket: PVC is used as an outer jacket to give a high degree of flexibility and mechanical strength.
Termination: Initium cable is terminated using IsoTek’s bespoke Audiophile grade moulded connectors of solid OFC. These offer good performance qualities.
In The News
"The IsoTek EVO3 Initium is one of the most cost-effective power cable upgrades you can make. It comes highly recommended." Hi-Fi World Magazine
“Improves the clarity of the sound, noticeable step up in instrument focus. The EVO3 Initium is a great value for money cable that provides excellent build quality" Hi-Fi Choice Magazine
“British power specialist IsoTek’s new EVO3 Initium offers a discount power cable for demanding music lovers…. thanks to high quality design and sophisticated technology Initium would always be a preference above the standard black cable.” Lite Magazine
“IsoTek’s EVO3 Initium is now our all-rounder default mains cable choice, and comes highly recommended as a result.” Hi-Fi+ Magazine
“The Initium is a superbly engineered power cord, its sonic impact is hard to understand given its reasonable price. Therefore the IsoTek Initium gets a clear and deserved ‘Price Tip’ award.” i-fidelity
IsoTek Initium uses high quality materials with intelligent construction to deliver a power cable of outstanding performance and mechanical integrity, which will not degrade over time or break your bank balance. Obviously a mains power cord is only a part of the solution to improved audio clarity. The ultimate is of course a combination of both IsoTek mains power cords and an IsoTek power conditioner, but starting with the power cords at least gives you the assurance that you have made the best connection to the mains and are minimising external interference.
- Design: Mains Power cord
- Conductors: 3 Core, 2sqmm, 99.9999% Oxygen Free Copper
- Dielectric: Polyethylen (PE)
- Jacket: High Flexibility PVC
- Connectors: Terminated with bespoke audiophile-grade connectors with robust nickel plating
- Terminations: IEC C15 (Standard Kettle Lead) available
- Length: 1.5 metre
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.