Originally Posted by stanger89
Frankly "Deep Color" (or 10-bit color if you're not into markitecture), should have been part of HD DVD/Blu-ray from the beginning, xvYCC (which would get us closer to film/DCinema gamut) would have been nice to have included as well.
But neither were included in either format and can't be added at this point. As for audio, end result, 1.3 gets you nothing that you can't have with 1.2 or even 1.1.
Bitstreaming is (as is HDMI 1.3 mostly), IMO something invented by the industry to sell more kit. Given that both next gen formats opted to forgo 10-bit color, to stick with standard (SMPTE-C/BT.709) color gamut, and that HDMI 1.2 supported multichannel LPCM, there was no technical need for HDMI 1.3, it doesn't provide the capability for anything that can't be done over HDMI 1.2.
The thing that might be worth waiting for depending on your equipment is multichannel LPCM over HDMI support. Only the G35 does this today, but the GeForce 8200 looks like it will have it as well.
The sole advantage of transmitting a Bitstream, besides spending more money on equipment, is knowing that the receiver is getting an 'untouched' audio signal. Yes, there is no difference between multichannel LPCM and Bitstream, except when PowerDVD lowers the audio quality of the LPCM. If it is going out as a Bitstream the 24/196 will be preserved. And Bitstream transmission is the only practical reason for 1.3.
Also, I thought computers were going to be the only current sources (besides special handycams) that can transmit 10 bit color. I am pretty sure that computers can do that now. Current HDTV color is 8 bit per channel, which translates at 24bit on the computer, or 16 million colors to your eyes. Deep Color is 10 bit, so that would be 30 bits on the computer, and about a billion colors to your eyes. I am running at 32 bit color right now on this PC.