Originally Posted by Halvo
Home Theater challenged here...
Is it worth it to upgrade to the Denon AVR1610 to take advantage of the HDMI connections?
Depends on what you plan on doing with your HK. IMHO .. no. You have a nice AVR there which accepts MULT CH analog inputs. If you spend a little more on a Blu-Ray player that decodes HD audio to MULT CH analog you can save yourself having to buy a new AVR and still get the HD audio via your HK.
Another issue not in your favor is your HDMI/DVI Comcast box as that combination tends to not play well with the Denon AVRs. You have a couple options if keeping the HK:
(1) Pick up an HDMI switcher like this
one. It would allow you to input the Comcast box (DVI/HDMI cable) and Blu-Ray (HDMI) to the switcher and then a single HDMI cable to the TV. You would also connect an optical from the Comcast box to the HK (as you most likely have configured now) for the DD 5.1 on the HD channels.
(2) Connect the Comcast box (DVI/HDMI) directly to the TV with a component cable from the Blu-Ray player to the TV as well. Audio connections as suggested above.
Whether you keep the HK or get the 1610, you really should look to upgrading your Comcast box to HDMI output.