Personally I would rather have the MUTE carry over across power cycles. I have had at least one instance of it blasting me away when powering on from previously in mute state. I was happy to find that it didn't damage my speakers that I know of. HasturTheYellow makes a very good point about it confusing some users into thinking the amp has gone tats up when not realizing it's muted. However, another idea which may be even better, is to implement a "power on volume level" in the amps menu. So then whatever number the user decides to plug into that setting, the unit will always power on at that volume level, despite what the volume was when powering off. Their latest media players do have that feature already, and I think they could also implement it in the HA-1 if they wanted to.