Anti-aliasing Filter - Signal Overload

Signal Overload

It is very important to avoid input signal overload when using an anti-aliasing filter. If the signal is strong enough, it can cause clipping at the analog-to-digital converter, even after filtering. When distortion due to clipping occurs after the anti-aliasing filter, it can create components outside the passband of the anti-aliasing filter; these components can then alias, causing the reproduction of other non-harmonically-related frequencies. In digital audio, the resulting aliased distorted signal of "digital clipping" has a characteristic sound that can be easily recognized.

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