Not hating at all.
Digital is a wonderful medium when it works as expected.
Sony the world in the early 80s that 16bit 44.1k sampled digital audio was perfect - just like D-Nice in his statement that its only 1s and 0s. Those who used their ears instead of theory knew something was wrong.
10 years later it was finally measured that digital jitter was an issue in digital. Now digital jitter is accepted worldwide and measured.
Turned out that those 16bit 1s and 0s flying down a digital path worked fine - until the timing burped.
Same thing as an Interstate. You can have cars bumper to bumper with literally no space between them all travelling at 100 mph. However, the first car to fall to 99.999999 mph and you have a tremendous pile up.
And when that happens in the digital path, the 1s and 0s come crashing into each other. Turned out the 16 bit audio was reduced to 8-10bits (a reduction of 40%-50%) and the quality suffered greatly.
No difference in video. But as circuits are now made to try and reduce the issue as much as possible (and because of cheap circuits, you never prevent it).
So yes, giving a 10bit path gives some headroom.
However, as it turns out, this is a mute point, as testing over the weekend revealed that DirecTV boxes cannot even output YCbCr 4:2:2 10bit YCbCr. The output is YCbCr 4:4:4 8 bit, which one would think that an expert such as D-Nice should have known (despite arguing for 8bit, 10bit and higher), except he does not have the equipment to measure that.
Revealed a valuable lesson.
A building inspector might not be the best general contractor.
A Movie Reviewer might not be the Producer.
A School Teacher that can grade standardized test does not need to know the subject matter.
Lots I don't know. Some I do know.
However, I am at least smart enough to learn when I don't know.
Others might be wise to do the same (not looking at you).
I'm pretty confident in the earlier conversation what is right - and quite frankly, will not recommend D-Nice in the future to people that asked me about calibration, which I did prior (see my first response).
Unfortunately, he isn't smart enough to understand what he does not know about behind the scenes and his equipment limitations.
PS - the only way for Digital extraction to be perfect as you state above is with Error Correction. And there is no error correction in the HDMI chain.
You have been proven wrong numerous times by D-Nice and others in this thread. You're an anonymous person with no known credentials. D-Nice is an established and respected expert.