I've just read this site's news story about Dixons seeking to abolish the standby mode on electrical components. But I'm none the wiser, because everyone concerned seems to be doing little more than protecting their own interests! Fair enough, the likes of Cyrus are all about making their kit sound better. But are these companies doing enough, and are they being pushed hard enough, to make their products more environmentally friendly? As for What Hi-Fi itself, what's the view here? It used to be ok to act as if protecting the environment and sticking up for consumers were two completely different things, but that's no longer the case. Nowadays, most people want to be better informed about the environmental effects of the products they buy, and will use that knowledge to inform their purchasing decisions. So more information please! We consumers want to make informed choices, and most of us realise by now that ignorance is no excuse. So what ARE the greenest hi-fi and home cinema products? Lastly, one thing the guy from Cyrus touches on but doesn't go into, is the issue of product lifespan. Is it the case that having standby extends the life of the product by avoiding power surges? And if so, wouldn't having products that last longer be actually MORE environmentally friendly? Might it not be the case that the energy used in making and purchasing new products and sticking busted old ones in landfill sites could be MORE harmful than having the standby function? Does anyone have information on this?