IsoTek Evo3 Genesis Mains Power Conditioner
A revolutionary benchmark in clean-power technology for high-performance audio and AV systems, Genesis creates an entirely new, extremely low-distortion mains sine wave using multiple generators – a unique component, and uniquely effective.
There are a number of devices already on the market that are commonly referred to as ‘mains regenerators’. Typically, these attempt to synthesise an ‘ideal’ mains sine wave by subjecting the incoming mains supply to a 50Hz ‘template’. The effectiveness of these regeneration systems is at least partially dependent upon the level of distortion of the incoming supply.
IsoTek’s Genesis is distinctly different. Unlike existing regenerators, it builds a completely new sign wave with two 300W generation engines running in class AB, giving a total output of 600W of continuous, newly generated power built within an extremely low-distortion sine wave generator. Two class AB amplifiers then amplify this signal; these have high-quality output transformers with copper foil between the primary and secondary output, thus preventing distortion and noise passing through the unit.
A critical part of the process is IsoTek’s unique synchronous sine wave system, which replicates the frequency with zero variation so as not to create destructive harmonic distortions (beat frequencies) between the incoming mains supply and the generated electricity. In addition to eliminating distortion and producing an ultra-stable sine wave, the Genesis also controls mains voltage, ensuring the output voltage is maintained at 230V +/- 2%. By way of comparison, the European standard is 230V +/- 10%.
The end result is an extremely precise and consistent 230V/50Hz mains sine wave with vanishingly low levels of distortion, independent of the input quality of the power line. Whatever the level of distortion of the incoming mains supply, Genesis delivers exceptionally low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) of between 0.05% and 0.17% with typical loads, remaining well below 0.3% with even the most complex loads.
Tailor-made for front-end components
The Genesis is ideally suited to front-end components – source components and preamplifiers ¬– because they are Class A devices and use almost constant current regardless of the music being reproduced. (Power amplifiers and electrostatic speakers that do not consume more than 300W are also suitable, although power amps are generally better suited to mains conditioners with a very low impedance rather than mains generative components.
Four high-quality outlets are provided, each one fully isolated; no two outputs are connected together, thus eliminating differential mains noise created by cross-contamination between the connected audio components. At the front of the unit, a bright, clear OLED display shows input/output voltage, input/output THD, power consumption of the connected audio equipment and the power status of the generation engines.
In addition to the exceptional sonic benefits delivered to every connected component, the Genesis delivers complete and unlimited surge protection, spike protection and over-voltage protection for valuable audio equipment. No disturbance to the incoming mains supply will be transmitted to the output sockets.
The Genesis joins Super Titan – the world’s most powerful mains conditioner – at the vanguard of IsoTek’s flagship Ultimate Series. While the former is perfect for front-end components, the latter’s huge current delivery is ideal for big, current-hungry power amplifiers. Together, they form a unique, and uniquely effective, mains optimisation system – a new benchmark in clean power for the world’s finest audio and AV systems, resulting in terrifically enhanced performance.
Integral isolation support
Like the Super Titan, the Genesis’ rigid aluminium casework is cradled in a specially developed support structure called ISIS (Independent System Isolation Support). The main unit is point-clamped between two panels at the top and bottom, each of which is formed of a special resonance-damping material sandwiched between two ultra-dense plates, with the overall structure supported by four substantial aluminium pillars.
ISIS was developed in conjunction with Kurt Olbert, the founder of Clearlight Audio and an acknowledged expert in developing proprietary materials for audio applications. Its purpose is two-fold. First, it reduces the effect of airborne vibration and microphony, as well as subsonic vibration and resonance in the device itself, which are detrimental to the performance of electronics. Second, its shape, strength and resonance-damping abilities provide a perfect platform on which to place other components, its stackable design saving space when using several IsoTek units – Genesis and Super Titan, for example – together in one system.