Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
Although only a few models were involved from Sony, LG, and Samsung, if you stay away those brands you should be okay. However, if you purchased your AVR from an "authorized" reseller, you would still be inside your 2 year warranty and the support center shouldn't charge you at all for the update. If you don't have a valid warranty, as the post you quoted indicated, simply set the BDP to PCM and you'll get the same high quality HD audio.
Thanks for the reply jd. I traded in the Sony BDP-S580 today (which i had traded for a Samsung C6500 the day before) for a Panasonic BDT-210. It works properly with my non-updated 1610. The little blue HD audio light comes on, and the audio mode is correct.
I purchased my 1610 as an open-box from 6th Ave, which i believe is an authorized reseller. I'll check into the warranty update option. I haven't had a chance to run the Audyssey setup yet, as we've been getting our new entertainment center arranged properly over the past week or two. I look forward to hearing the difference it makes with my 10 year old Klipsch setup.
As a side note, the Panasonic player is quite nice. It has a much better Netflix UI than the Sony (actually, it has the same UI as the Samsung C6500), and the Pandora software allows for multiple accounts, which is nice as both my wife and I have one. The Panasonic also had had a much better connection to my home network than the Sony. Both were located in the same place.
If you have a non-updated 1610, I recommend checking out the Panasonic BDT-210.