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AES17 - Level-dependent logarithmic gain (AKA Linearity Test)
« on: September 25, 2020, 06:34:20 PM »
Level-dependent logarithmic gain
Applies to: EUTs with analogue or digital inputs and analogue or digital outputs.

Aim: To measure the change in gain of the EUT with signal amplitude, sometimes called 'deviation
from level linearity'.

Method
A 997Hz sinusoidal stimulus is applied at –5dBFS. The output of the EUT is measured after passing
through a 1/3 octave 997Hz band-pass filter. The gain of the EUT is calculated as being the ratio of its
output amplitude to its input amplitude. The narrow-band noise floor of the EUT is also measured
using the same band-pass filter, but with the stimulus muted.
The stimulus is reapplied, and its amplitude is then reduced in 5dB steps, until it is within 5dB of the
measured narrow-band noise floor, noting the output amplitude at each step and calculating the
inferred EUT gain. The results are graphed for each channel, with relativity to the gain measured at –
5dBFS expressed in dB, as a function of the applied amplitude. At the end of the test, a worst-case
gain deviation (in dB) is also reported for each channel.
When the A/D and D/A portions are available separately, this test should be repeated for each section
independently.

Conclusion:
The Ultimate Preamplifier exhibits exception linearity all of the way down to -130dBFS yielding at least 22 bits of resolution !

References
http://resources.prismsound.com/tm/dS3_Applications_Manual_A4nc.pdf
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Re: AES17 - Level-dependent logarithmic gain (AKA Linearity Test)
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2020, 06:35:42 PM »
-5dBFS to -120dBFS range matches testing done by ASR



-5dBFS to -140dBFS full range AES17 test

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