Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom reviewed the EVO3 Initium power cord from IsoTek in the magazine’s May 2016 issue and was clearly impressed.
EVO3 Initium is IsoTek’s new entry level power cable, designed to offer high quality performance at an extremely affordable level. “This is not the first time IsoTek undercut itself to release a great power cord at a good price,” notes Sircom, referring to the EVO3 Premier, “a truly high-performance power cord coming in just under the £100 mark.”
EVO3 Initium uses the same OFC conductors as the Premier, but minus the latter’s silver plating. The dielectric is PE rather than FEP and the terminations use nickel plating in place of the Premier’s 24ct gold. As a result, the price tag of the EVO3 Initium drops to a mere £64.95 for a 1.5 metre terminated cable.
”Initium has to contend with a host of rivals, and be good enough to overcome the ‘screw it, I’ll just use the one that came in the box’ black cord default,” writes Sircom. Fortunately, it “is more than up for the task.”
While other low cost audiophile power cords have the tendency of either overdoing RFI treatment at the expense of dynamics, or else over-filter the bottom end to make the top sound exciting, the Initium “plays a longer game, with an absence of sonic signature and a good sense of dynamic freedom.”
The overll conclusion? “IsoTek’s EVO3 Initium is now our all-rounder default mains cable choice, and comes highly recommended.”
Find out more about the EVO3 Initium at www.isoteksystems.com