My Denon DVD-A1 is connected to my Sony HS50 via component (the A1 doesn't have an HDMI output), but it's component output is considered to be one of the best possible. However, I feel I might be missing out on this HDMI lark, and I'm conisdering getting a Pioneer 868 to utilise the HDMI socket. The question is, would the HDMI output from the Pioneer 868 outperform the high quality component output of the Denon DVD-A1? I can't afford to pay £2500 for a DVD player again (silly days are over now), so if I must have HDMI, then the Pioneer is about the limit. Also does anyone have any idea what the HDMI output from Pioneers new DVD recorder (920 I think) is like?