## FFT bins size and averaging Started by 4 years ago3 replieslatest reply 4 years ago246 views

Hi,

I have a signal coming from an ADC that I oversample with an fs=80kHz and then I subsequently average 8 samples to get a rate of 10ks/s.

I feed this averaged samples to my fft with N=1024.

Would the bin size remain fs/N = 80k/1024 = 78.125Hz?

Or would the averaging affect the bin size? i.e. 10k/1024 = 9.765625Hz

Thanks

[ - ] Do you reduce the sample rate when you average?   In other words, when you average eight samples, is it a sliding average (i.e., a FIR filter) where you output one sample for each input sample, or do you decimate (reduce) the sample rate at the same time?

The FFT bin spacing will be proportional to the input *sample* rate, so the answer to the above question will provide the answer to your question.

[ - ] If the input to the FFT is in fact 10 k/s then the 80k/s is being decimated. Given that a sample rate of 10k/s supports the bandwidth of the analog signal averaging won’t buy you anything so you can simplify.

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