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What's this 10-bit Sony is boasting about?

02-28-2008, 11:58 AM
I'm looking to buy a 26" HDTV pretty soon. I've looked at a couple of models, mainly samsungs. Then I came across a Bravia for a really good deal, and I noticed it has "8-bit display panel with 10-bit processing."
I had never seen these "bit" specs on HDTVs. So I went over to sony's website, and every one of their model boasts an 8-bit panel w/ 10-bit processing or 10-bit panel & processing. Samsung and other companies don't give ANY information about what bit their panel/processing is in their specs.

So my question. WHAT is this "8-bit" and "10-bit" stuff sony is talking about. Any would a 8-bit panel w/ 10-bit processing suffice?

02-28-2008, 12:29 PM



02-28-2008, 12:57 PM
So 10-bit panels means more colors, and 10-bit processing means better visual accuracy.

So how would an 8-bit panel w/ 10-bit processing TV be?

02-28-2008, 01:23 PM
10-bit Processing and 10-bit Display
While it`s great to state that a TV is capable of creating billions of colors, it`s a whole lot better when you have a display that can actually display them. That`s the logic behind the 10-bit processor and 10-bit display. Sony follows 10-bit processing with a 10-bit panel, allowing 64 times the levels of color expression. That translates to smoother transitions from color to color and subtle color changes faithfully reproduced.

I assume the 8 bit panel would not be able to display all of the 10 bit processing....I must admit I'm a little confused as to what the concern is.... if 10 bit is available why settle for 8 bit?.....

here is one with all you need....


02-28-2008, 01:30 PM
Well it's because the 10-bit panels seem to cost more.

Hmm.. That TV in the link is the one I was looking at. Sony's site says that model has 8bit panel/10 bit processing, but that link says 10bit both.