[time-nuts] Oh dear
David I. Emery
die at dieconsulting.com
Mon May 7 23:37:10 UTC 2012
On Mon, May 07, 2012 at 08:28:41AM -0700, J. Forster wrote:
> A crummy crystal oscillator zero beated to WWV is good to 1 in 10E6, a Rb
> disciplined to GPS maybe 1 in 10E11.
> Do you seriously think you, or anybody, can hear a pitch difference of
> 0.001 Hz in the audio range?
> A quartz crystal is plenty good for any audio application, IMO.
I completely agree, and far more significant than accuracy
is jitter (phase noise) in maybe the tenths of a Hz to thousands of Hz
area. This does modulate the sampled sound and perhaps is perceptable
at very low levels.
BUT Cesium, or Rb buys nothing in respect to phase noise
in those ranges... really good quality quartz oscillators have much better
close in phase noise than many Rb's or Cesiums...
What Cesium and Rb buy is good performance measured over much
larger taus... which cannot possibly have any impact on human hearing.
Dave Emery N1PRE/AE, die at dieconsulting.com DIE Consulting, Weston, Mass 02493
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