Isotek EVO3 Premier Power Cable (C19)
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The Perfect Audio Upgrade, Lets Your Audio Or Visual Component Perform Much Better Than It Can With The Standard Basic Lead Supplied With It
Good RFI & EMI Rejection, Silver Plated 99.9999% Oxygen Free Copper Conductor, 24ct Gold Plated Terminations, Designed & Made In England
C19 High Power Plug
About Isotek EVO3 Premier C19 Power Cable
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 Premier Mains Power Cable is a highly recommended upgrade.
Before we discuss the product details of the EVO 3 Premier 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.
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
The Premier is the first of the new EVO3 (Evolution Three) power cables from IsoTek. It 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. Premier has taken two years of development. Sourcing of specialist high quality materials. The design and development of IsoTek's own bespoke and unique 24ct gold plated copper connectors.
Construction: The conductors are in a parallel construction with slight rotational twist. This established technique remains the first line of defence against RFI and EMI rejection.
Conductors: Silver plated 99.9999% OFC conductors offer an exceptional level of purity with enhanced conductivity. They are less likely to fracture or degrade over time. Silver is an excellent conductor and when combined with a high purity copper provides impressive electrical properties.
Insulation: Teflon FEP dielectric (insulation) is chemically inert and has a very low dielectric constant over a wide frequency range. FEP possesses a very high degree of stress crack resistance and a low coefficient of friction making it an exceptional dielectric. FEP is the first 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.
Terminations: Premier cable is terminated using IsoTek’s bespoke Audiophile grade moulded connectors of solid OFC with 24ct gold plated conductors. These offer the highest quality performance and will not tarnish.
What The Heck Do These Numbers Mean?
Yes, it can be confusing so here's a brief explanation. First, the numbers ensure international compatibility across the different electrical standards across the world. For example, the most common cable in Australia/New Zealand is the C13, which is used to power your kettle; frypan; many PCs and 90% of audio/visual components. The number has no correlation with quality. From the C13 we move to the C15 which looks identical but can handle more current. However, with today’s high-power applications, the C19 connector is becoming more common for use with big power amplifiers, power conditioners like those from IsoTek as well as servers and power distribution units (ePDU). Each connector has two part numbers. The female is always an odd number (eg C13) and the male is always the next even number (C14). There is one more cable classification - the C7. You will know this as a figure of 8 cable because the female end looks like the number 8 when viewed end on.
In The News
“A distinct cleaning up of the sound... A marked benefit for dynamic range, a consequence of lowering the noise floor, as well as a refinement and a general opening up of the soundstage” IsoTek EVO3 Premier - Hi-Fi Choice, March 2013
“There is a cumulative effect in using both together that makes a striking difference to the overall performance of the system. They really open up the soundstage and let you hear more of the music because noise is reduced... Highly recommended and particularly good value for money” IsoTek EVO3 Premier used with EVO3 Polaris - Hi-Fi Choice, March 2013
"This lead seems to offer a level of performance that can compete effectively with considerably more expensive cables. It works very well with low current equipment, and with low powered budget amplifiers. I think it is so effective and such good value for money that I now have three." IsoTek EVO3 Premier Hi-Fi World, March 2013
Our Take On The Isotek EVO3 Premier C19 Power Cable
IsoTek Premier 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.
Main Features & Specifications
- Product Description: Australia/New Zealand Mains Power cord with IEC C19 High Current plug
- Conductors: 3 Core, 2sqmm, silver plated 99.9999% OFC
- Dielectric: Teflon FEP
- Jacket: Flexible PVC
- Connectors: 24ct gold plated copper connectors
- Available Terminations: IEC C7 (Figure of 8), IEC C13 (Standard Lead) and as featured here the EC C19 (High Current)
- Available Length: 1.5 metre
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.