Picture of C-MOD HV Audio precision coupling module

Picture of C-MOD HV

The LEFSON C-MOD HV is a very high performance high voltage audio coupling module. It’s named «coupling module» instead of «capacitor» because it was designed with care in the point of view of an audio coupling system. Extremely low loss operation is one of its best features, this is our «WIRE LIKE» technology.

Specially designed to process small AC signals (instrument, microphone, line), the LEFSON C-MOD HV is the perfect solution when a DC blocking capacitor is needed, in vacuum tubes or high voltage transistors circuitries.

The LEFSON C-MOD HV is fitted with an internal shielding and can be placed in high magnetic flux environment. A dedicated clamp (patent pending) can be optionally used to achieve a perfect mechanical ground.

Picture of C-MOD HV

Mains features of the LEFSON C-MOD HV are :






The LEFSON C-MOD HV is non-polar : both audio pins can be either used as input or output for analog signal. It is designed to be used as a precision audio coupling module. The LEFSON C-MOD HV is sold with a 20 hours burn-in time. To achieve optimum results, it needs to be burned-in with audio signals during at least 80 hours.

We designed 15 values, from 22nF to 10µF suitable for high volage coupling (400V/630V), as follows :

22nF 630V A CMHV-22N630 94€
47nF 630V A CMHV-47N630 98€
100nF 400V A CMHV-100N400 104€
100nF 630V A CMHV-100N630 108€
220nF 400V A CMHV-220N400 117€
330nF 400V B CMHV-330N400 124€
470nF 400V B CMHV-470N400 130€
470nF 630V B CMHV-470N630 134€
680nF 400V B CMHV-680N400 139€
1uF 400V B CMHV-1U400 145€
1uF 630V C CMHV-1U630 151€
2.2uF 400V C CMHV-2U2400 163€
3.3uF 400V C CMHV-3U3400 179€
4.7uF 400V C CMHV-4U7400 204€
10uF 400V D CMHV-10U400 258€

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- The ideal audio coupling

Ideally, we shouldn’t have to use any capacitor to design an audio coupling. They cause, because of their properties, a variable ratio of losses of any AC signal that runs them. The best capacitor should be « no capacitor ». The preservation and stability of DC polarization voltages between electronic stages sometimes forces the designer to use an audio coupling capacitor.

The purpose of the LEFSON C-MOD is clear : get closer to the quality of a direct (wire) coupling.

- Measures with Pure Tones

Traditional measures using a pure tone show that the LEFSON C-MOD has quite standard characteristics.

Picture of ESR vs Frequency Picture of TAN D vs Frequency

Picture of Capacitance vs Frequency

We can notice the low ESR (Equivalent Serie Resistance) and dissipation factor (Tan δ) values.

"A revolution in the coupling capacitor industry..."

Picture C-MOD Audio Tests at the DAVOUT Studios

Most of the audio electronic gears (mixing desk, preamplifier, amplifier, equalizer, compressor, non-dynamic microphones, spatial effect, etc.) need coupling capacitors to operate correctly. These allow the different electronic stages of a device to operate together.

Let's take as example an equalizer fitted with an input stage, a frequency filtering stage and an output stage. Two coupling capacitors are sometimes necessary for the device to operate : one between the first and the second stage, an other one between the second and the third.

The problem is that every coupling capacitor degrades the audio signal which crosses it. A lot of sound details disappears, the stereophonic stage and the depth are reduced. Digitally said, it is the resolution of the audio signal that decreases.

Audiophile people goes on war against coupling capacitors, considered as designing aberrations. However, it is often impossible to leave them. That is then very important to find the one which causes least losses, the one which degrades least the audio signal which crosses it.

LEFSON designed three lines of coupling modules, the C-MOD (Coupling Module), to resolve this problem. The C-MOD does not color and does not almost degrade : it protects the characteristics of the audio signal which crosses it.

It thus becomes possible to considerably improve the audio quality of a majority of gears, while keeping their characteristics, their features, their original sound color.

Picture of the LEFSON C-MOD resolution

Let's take as example a very known vintage tube compressor. Its particular sound color is obtained by:

- Electronic circuits topology
- Tubes
- Audio transformers
- Power supply

Changing coupling capacitors of this vintage tube compressor by LEFSON C-MOD will only improve the global resolution coming from all these four features.

To perform these tests in experimental conditions and make all of our partners able to hear differences, we designed a capacitor comparative stereo box. It's only made of sockets, rotary and lever switches. This way we can compare things with the necessary rigor required in the world of audiophily.

All tests we made used 20 hours burned-in components. To achieve optimum results, the LEFSON C-MOD needs to be burned-in with audio signals during at least 80 hours.

Picture C-MOD HV Comparative Box