We now have receivers capable of decoding MP3 (not sure how useful that is) and we have lots of hard drive, network devices, and DVD players capable of playing MP3s. However, the higher-end world of separates has yet to acknowledge the existance of this handy compressed format. I wonder how long we'll have to wait until a pre/pro is released with some acceptance of the MP3 format. In my opinion this could be done in several ways: 1. A simple source button labled as "MP3" or "Network". Even if the button is linked to traditional analog inputs it would still constitute acknowledgement of the format. I know I have no use for that ancient "VCR" button on my AVM-20 (of course I re-mapped it to MP3!). 2. MP3 decoding built-in. I don't know how effective this would be as most PCs output an already decoded signal. However, it would be a strong indication of the MP3 format being recognized by the higher end of audio. 3. Hard-wire network inputs & include build-in software to access your PC network. This would be the ultimate: a pre/pro that can access the mp3's off your network and display the name/tag data in the display. Something similar to the SliMp3 unit http://slimp3.com/ built into a pre/pro. 4. A hard drive built in to a pre/pro. I don't think we'll see this as these units are better served as disc players. I'm not sure how audiophilles would take to having moving parts inside their pre/pro. It would also add more to the cost of a pre/pro than the above options. Again, I'm only wondering how long it will take for a pre/pro manufaturer to recognize the mp3 format by one of the above methods. I'm not intending to start a debate over which of the above methods is best. The mid-fi & high-fi market might not want to associate itself with a compressed digital format but I think the market will warrant it at some point.