The two products work together in harmony, with the EVO3 Genesis One bringing a profound sense of a more organic, more structured sound to the music emanating from the product connected, while the EVO3 Titan One is the noise reducer and dynamic range enhancer. Taken on their own, they work exceptionally well. The EVO3 Genesis One takes the sound of your system and removes its edginess and hardness. It doesn’t change the character of the presentation, just makes that presentation seem less ‘angular’ and harsh sounding. The overall presentation is just that bit more fluid, more able to process and draw together the themes within a piece of music. I can see where some might see this drawing the listener’s attention away from the dynamic range of a component, but it’s more about bringing more of the performance to the fore, rather than highlight a particular aspect of that performance.
Then there is the EVO3 Titan One, which brings the silence. It lowers the background noise of your system slightly, enough to liberate the dynamic range of that component somewhat without any compromises elsewhere. Used on its own, it has a smoothing quality to the performance, opening up the soundstage slightly and presenting the sound in a more even-handed manner. But the Genesis One already covers most of this signal smoothing in these systems, so the noise-floor lowering and general perceived dynamic range increases the Titan One also brings to the sound are the key indicators in use with the rest of the Mosaic.
These are easy things to hear. Play ‘Lucky’ by Kat Edmonson [Way Down Low, Spinnarette] and as the track is so overused in advertisements all over the world, it’s hard for the track not to sound slightly dull, but the EVO3 Genesis One gives her voice back all its gamine charm and lyricism, while the Titan One just makes the music spring out of nowhere. Is this track massively overused by the advertising execs? Of course! But the IsoTek duo help remind you why it became the ad-creatives’ fave.
For my system, I would start with the EVO3 Genesis One. Its ability to bring out the refinement in a system helps greatly when using relatively ill-matched systems and continually plugged and unplugged devices. But I would quickly add in the EVO3 Titan One because in such ill-matched systems, it brings out the often hard-to-find impact and dynamic energy, without compromise. In a way, what I’d like to see here is an EVO3 Genesis Two in the range, especially as there is a move toward more powerful all-in-one systems. A power regenerator with more capacity would fit such systems well, without the call for the full-blown Mosaic Genesis. The ‘football score’ package of Genesis Two and Titan One would be the perfect combination for the likes of the Naim Uniti Nova, or even the D’Agostino Momentum Lifestyle, and I think this is becoming an increasingly important category in audio today.
There are two points where you might be gilding the lily with the Mosaic combos. The first would be to place an EVO3 Titan One before the Genesis One – there’s no point in doing this. The next is to use one or more on a turntable. In some cases, the combination of ripple-free, stable power that is subsequently neatly manicured and conditioned can help out power supplies in turntables, but in most cases the power supply feeding the motor of the turntable does the job admirably well. It’s unlikely that a power conditioner or regenerator will lower performance, but neither will it substantially raise the bar.