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Analog to digital conversion - sample rate

Hi everyone,

I've been trying to stay out of the conversation, but I do want to clear 
a few things.  I would like to point out that this topic is the subject of 
an entire college.  So, it is very difficult to simplify it down to just a 
couple of paragraphs.  Let me hit the highlights.

A/D converters don't see the signal as a set of sine waves.  
we look at signals as a set of sine waves because it allows us create a 
system of mathematics that does a very good job of describing filters both 
analog and digital.  You could create a system of mathematics based of 
different frequency square waves, but sine waves result in much simpler 

The Nyquist rate is a theoretical concept that results from the 
mathematics and it indicates to us the maximum frequency that can be 
represented after sampling a signal.  As has been stated, it is necessary 
to filter a signal before sampling to avoid significant frequency content 
about the Nyquist rate.  The topic of filters is a huge one.

Higher sampling rates are better, but twice the sampling rate doesn't mean 
that your sound will be twice as good.  It is a very interesting topic and 
for those of your interested in it, I highly recommend that you take 
courses or do some experimentation.  It is a fun topic to explore.