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Old 8th September 2008, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default Scaling voltage waveforms for distortion analysis

I am using Igor Pro from Wavemetrics and my sound card to do some basic measurements of amps and speakers.

I would like to implement basic distortion analysis.

I can obtain time aligned output and input voltage waveforms.

I would like to scale the output waveform to the input waveform to obtain the minimum difference and then subtract the one from the other to give a distortion measurement.

My question is, what is/are the method/s for scaling a waveform to minimize the difference?

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Old 10th September 2008, 01:58 AM   #2
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i think i need to add some info to clarify my question.

the input and output waveforms are frequency sweeps - it would be much easier to find the best fit scaling for a single frequency but i am interested in obtaining
THD measurement in a single sweep across the audible spectrum.

also, how do distortion analyzers handle phase shifts - are phase shifts considered part of distortion or are waveforms phase aligned before distortion analysis?
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