Originally Posted by Phase700B
Certainly, making your TV settings as close to ideal points of operation will help get the most out of your TV display. So, yes, it should improve your picture quality for games providing you have the proper settings also for your game console. Both Xbox and PS3 have internal video settings and often, it is balance between your TV settings and the game console.
In answer to your question, I have a 2007 Mitsubishi and a 2010 LG. The Mits is an 8 bit panel and the LG purportedly is a 10 bit panel, however, the main board electronics do not necessarily take advantage of it.
Also, some video sources including some games, cable and satellite set top boxes induce banding and also some program material on them is of lower quality and can produce banding gradients at times. I had both major satellite providers (8 yrs & 6yrs each) and they both were terrible at times with banding of SD material. I now use only OTA broadcast which I hardly ever see banding with unless during a low quality commercial or a poor SD signal source from a sub channel (24-2). I also use my HTPC with streaming and lower quality video sources also show banding at times.
Is it possible for you to try HDMI connects to your systems and see if banding disappears?
I've toyed around with just about every setting on my TV and the console. With some, banding is somewhat less visible, but it is very much there. Interestingly, I don't see banding in every movie or game. However, I do see it in just about every channel on satellite TV.
From you're response, which I found very helpful, I'm led to believe there's no need to upgrade to a 10-bit or higher panel. And that 8-bit would be more than enough. 8-bits on R, G and B equals 16.7 million colors. Interesting, I didn't know that. Are those true and dedicated 16.7 million colors? So ALL PS3 and Xbox 360 games are 8-bit at their source? Same goes for DVD movies?
For the record, I'm playing games and watching movies on my console, which is hooked up to the TV via HDMI, running at 1080p, set to standard reference levels, and RGB color space (Xbox 360 dash settings). I think banding may have been somewhat less visible when I was using component, but not sure.
I watch satellite TV through composite video inputs, and I suppose the input is at 480p, but the output isn't progressive. I'm not sure, but I do know that it's very sharp and good-looking SD content!
Cable TV is through the standard RF jack, and the lowest quality.
I see banding in all these 3, but as far as games and movies go on my game console.. only certain games and movies, not all.
I apologize for the long post and too many questions! I'm new here, and the amount of info I'm getting to absorb is extraordinary!
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