ok. not totally sure i got the answer i was looking for... but thanks.
i think that this quote does a nice job of illustrating what I'm getting at:
I am also well aware that the best cycling development teams use the state of the art technology to analyze the fastest starter that ever lived-
my issue is with the seemingly universal consensus amongst the knowledgeable members here that anything short of the absolute best is a totally not valid training tool. I am sorry to say that regardless of whether you are sampling at 1x per second or 60x per second there is a real possibility that the resultant data is identical.
remember that i am using both SRM with .5" sampling and a stages/Garmin with 1" sampling- i am not seeing any glaring difference in power data.
anyone who did not already have an opinion on this subject would likely read through this thread and come the the conclusion that they needed a $3500 power meter and a $1000 head unit
I think that this is an unfortunate situation.
my personal methods of collecting power data and analyzing power data has led to results that i am very happy with- I can pedal a bike pretty damn fast! sometimes i wonder if people lose sight of that goal, and focus more on trying to appear to know the most about training methodology?