Originally Posted by mustangs1
QDEO True Color feature actually interpolates deep color to 30 or 36 bits. It actually smooths banding out.
Its funny, I have an 8-bit monitor and both those images are in 8-bit, yet I can see the results. I realize its an example picture, but the point is its far less noticeable of a difference than those pictures show. Also, I wouldn't want the chip guessing at what areas are banded color and what areas are really supposed to be a distinct separation of colors.
One area I think Deep Color might actually be usable is in DVD/SD upscaling. For example, if you have 2 pixels next to each other that are values 200 and 201, then when you upscale you have to generate new pixels in-between. So with 8-bit, you have to pick one of the 2 and duplicate it, but with 10 bit you could get values 200.25, 200.5, and 200.75 to create a smoother upscale. Ie, it can upscale the color resolution the same that it upscales the pixel resolution. However, its very difficult to tell if the QDEO chip is even doing this in the first place when it upscales, and none of their advertisements are clear enough to tell either. Bottom line: there's no conclusive evidence the Oppo upscales color resolution on SD with Deep Color setting on.
But again, even if it does, it might not even be noticable in real world material because those values are so close together.
Most people can see the difference between video black (16), one above black (17), and two above black (18) when these values are shown next to each other like on a test disc, so its arguable that the benefit is noticable under test conditions. But with real-world material, in normal viewing conditions frames changing at 24 fps, the benefit becomes very small, IMO.