Did your old box output Dolby Digital? The DVR boxes do. Plus the dacs in your HTR are going to be head and shoulders above the DAC in the cable box.
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"I got Comcast's DVR. Previously I just had digital cable with the regular tuner box. The old box had analog audio/video outs, and I hooked these into my pre/pro. However, the DVR has digital audio (and video) outputs. I connected a Toslink from the DVR to my pre/pro."
You did everything right, and the DVR would be like upgrading from a $69 DVD player to a $500 one with all of the same expectations of improvement.
Have a good One Mike,
Michael- Are you sure that the Comcast box does not output DD? Every Comcast digital box that I had, did. Perhaps the broadcast you are watching is not in DD. Anyways, they will probably upgrade the firmware eventualy, even if yours does not support DD now. And then with the digital out to your pre-pro, you will be all set.
Anyways, just enjoy.