Originally Posted by EC1602
What color depth?? HDMI 2.1 does not specify any color depth. 2.1 spec was locked down last year and there are signal generator/tools available for internal compliancy testing. There aren't many new features 2.1 brings on the table. Only a handful of them.
The biggest difference is increased bandwidth.
Q: What colorimetry is supported?
A: HDMI 2.1 Specification supports the latest color spaces including BT.2020 with 10, 12, and 16 bits per color component.
This is a big change from HDMI 2.0b, even if no current equipment supports anything over 12 bit color depth the standard allows for it the new specification is ready for it and it's possible that current generation panels will be able to downsample the deeper color data when it becomes available in future content.
So, not sure why you're arguing so hard on this.
As to feature support, the new features are;
Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (EARC).
Whether this "handful" of features is important to you or not probably comes down to whether you are a gamer or whether you can imagine a point where these features become useful in other content. For example, everyone thinks of VRR as benefiting gamers but I can see a point where content could be mastered with different framerates for different parts of the movie/show. Go to a higher framerate for action sequences and slow it down to a 24-30 frame rate for a more cinematic look in other sections. Devices without the VRR feature would simply display the whole film at 24fps or 60fps, etc.
Certainly EARC offers the most bang for buck for casual viewers since it allows for HD audio without handshaking, offers lip sync support, etc.
Anyways you're entitled to your opinion even if it seems to be based more on feelings than facts.