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Axon
post Oct 5 2006, 21:50
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So I've become involved in a rather colorful argument (I'm Publius in the thread) with somebody on stevehoffman.tv. The original thread revolved around shooting down an old audiophile canard, about how subsample delays cannot be represented in PCM. In the course of that debate, I've begun to question a couple things.
  • Is it ever accurate to use the term "time resolution" in any sort of technical context? To the best of my knowledge, it has no universally agreed upon technical definition. Most of the times I've seen it used are either for SACD/DVD-A marketing fluff, or to describe FFT window lengths. I'm tempted to just go quasi-logical-positivist on everybody and say that it is a completely meaningless phrase.
  • Is there any meaningful time-domain constraint on audio quality that is directly related to the sampling period? Subsample delays (as I've shown above) are not meaningfully related. Bandwidth is a frequency-domain attribute. Pre-echo potentially gets more audible at lower sampling rates, but this is not a concern with sigma-delta ADCs, and it is of debatable audibility at 44.1 to begin with. Some DSP operations may be harder to implement at lower sample rates, but most of the issues involve seem implementation-related. I'm suspecting that there are no clear general limits as to what can and cannot be accomplished in PCM, except with respect to very domain-specific or system-specific situations; and so any claims of 44khz always being limited in ways different from bandwidth may be regarded with skepticism.
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SebastianG
post Nov 15 2006, 16:48
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I also don't see the point in checking the positions of zero crossings or peaks after lowpassing. This won't prove anything except that if you further limit the bandwidth of a signal these points may move, vanish, or appear at places where there previously havn't been any.

Assuming the lowpass filter's impulse response is symmetric the following is true: If your signal shows a certain symmetry within an interval with the same size of the lowpass' filter response a certain class of points within that interval will be at the exact same position.

Example signal:
first two harmonics of a square wave: you'll get 4 peaks within a cycle
after lowpassing (only the fundamental left): 2 peaks within a cycle (it's a sine)
The zero crossings are the same (two within a cycle) because there's a "point symmetry" at those points. (rotate the curve around the point 180° and it'll be the same)
Tell me what we have learned by that, ChiGung.

In the context of transform coding time resolution usually refers to the partition of the time/frequency plane that's done by a critically-sampled filterbank AFAIK. Without any noise shaping filter tricks this will effectivly limit how well we can control the quantization noise distribution in specific time/frequency regions only by choosing scalefactors. However, noise shaping filters can be and usually are used to improve this. (With "ANS" enabled Musepack can do better in terms of controling the noise's distribution in the frequency domain than what the filterbank suggests --one subband is 670 Hz wide, though ANS manages to shape the noise within a subband. With "TNS" enabled AAC can do better in terms controling the noise's distribution in the time domain than what the filterbank suggests.)

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post Nov 15 2006, 17:16
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QUOTE (SebastianG @ Nov 15 2006, 15:48) *
I also don't see the point in checking the positions of zero crossings or peaks after lowpassing. This won't prove anything except that if you further limit the bandwidth of a signal these points may move, vanish, or appear at places where there previously havn't been any.

It would just document our ability to compare time pin-pointable conditions in a waveform and provide a method of correlating conditions within different pcm records that fully utilise their sample rates.
It would document the confidence with which we can resolve such indicateable conditions in a waveform in comparision to what would be possible with a natural record of near infinite 'time resolution'
It would investigate actual data, rather than the isolated formula presented here which indicate 'algebraic resolutions' or 'time resolution of presumed lossless conversions'

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Example signal:
first two harmonics of a square wave: you'll get 4 peaks within a cycle
after lowpassing (only the fundamental left): 2 peaks within a cycle (it's a sine)
Tell me what we have learned by that, ChiGung.

Someone may learn, that downsampling can not only damage time resolution, but also the topology of the waveform.

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In the context of transform coding time resolution usually refers to the partition of the time/frequency plane that's done by a critically-sampled filterbank AFAIK. Without any noise shaping filter tricks this will effectivly limit how well we can control the quantization noise distribution in specific time/frequency regions only by choosing scalefactors. However, noise shaping filters can be and usually are used to improve this. (With "ANS" enabled Musepack can do better in terms of controling the noise's distribution in the frequency domain than what the filterbank suggests. With "TNS" enabled AAC can do better in terms controling the noise's distribution in the time domain than what the filterbank suggests.)

I dont argue, you have a valid context there, but I have been explicity writing at length about the context of practical recovery of the source material from provided PCM records. There seems to be difficulties with getting the context of practical source reproduction examined.


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- Axon   What is "time resolution"?   Oct 5 2006, 21:50
- - benski   Subsample delays are relatively easy to implement ...   Oct 5 2006, 22:04
- - Axon   Well, duh. I showed in that thread that 1/20,000 ...   Oct 5 2006, 22:19
- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 5 2006, 16:50) So I...   Oct 5 2006, 22:28
- - Mike Giacomelli   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 5 2006, 13:50) Is it ev...   Oct 5 2006, 22:57
- - ChiGung   Yo, that was me (felimid) QUOTE Is there any meani...   Oct 5 2006, 23:07
|- - Axon   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 5 2006, 17:07) Yo, t...   Oct 6 2006, 00:11
|- - legg   AFAIK, time resolution is most commonly used to re...   Oct 6 2006, 00:28
- - Woodinville   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 5 2006, 13:50) So I...   Oct 5 2006, 23:20
|- - ChiGung   QUOTE ("woodinville")The first issue is ...   Oct 6 2006, 00:46
|- - Mike Giacomelli   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 5 2006, 16:46) QUOTE...   Oct 6 2006, 02:10
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|- - krabapple   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 5 2006, 19:46) QUOTE...   Oct 6 2006, 06:21
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 5 2006, 16:46) Howev...   Oct 6 2006, 08:26
- - Woodinville   Well, considered for Guassian vs. Gaussian, dt * ...   Oct 6 2006, 00:35
- - kjoonlee   Does "higher sampling rates mean higher tempo...   Oct 6 2006, 00:47
|- - ChiGung   QUOTE (kjoonlee @ Oct 6 2006, 00:47) Does...   Oct 6 2006, 00:57
|- - kwwong   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 5 2006, 18:57) QUOTE...   Oct 7 2006, 05:12
- - 2Bdecided   ChiGung, You can prove sub-sample time domain acc...   Oct 6 2006, 10:30
|- - ChiGung   QUOTE We're assuming the signal is band limite...   Oct 6 2006, 16:32
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 6 2006, 11:32) I can...   Oct 6 2006, 16:54
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|- - Mike Giacomelli   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 6 2006, 08:32) QUOTE...   Oct 6 2006, 20:54
- - Axon   Okay, so this has gone completely f*cking off topi...   Oct 6 2006, 17:49
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 6 2006, 12:49) Okay, so...   Oct 6 2006, 20:51
- - Canar   QUOTE Ask yourself: "is there any meaningful ...   Oct 6 2006, 21:20
- - Canar   Exactly, kwwong. ChiGung, consider this: In the co...   Oct 7 2006, 08:04
- - cabbagerat   QUOTE (MedO @ Oct 7 2006, 01:43) No, ther...   Oct 7 2006, 18:00
|- - MedO   QUOTE That assumption is a bit of a problem, in my...   Oct 7 2006, 18:42
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|- - ChiGung   QUOTE (MedO @ Oct 7 2006, 09:42) Of cours...   Oct 7 2006, 23:18
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- - KikeG   As others have said, time resolution of PCM is the...   Oct 8 2006, 17:59
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|- - KikeG   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 8 2006, 18:14) So yo...   Oct 8 2006, 18:24
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|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (ChiGung @ Oct 8 2006, 21:44) The e...   Oct 9 2006, 15:08
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