Why is it that manufacturers don't allow consumers the ability to suppress the mute symbol? My Sony KV-32DS60U doesn't allow me to suppress the icon. Even though when I e-mailed Sony UK about it when I bought the set almost 2 years ago, Sony were convinced it could be suppressed. However, their procedure didn't work. I don't want to use my Amp all the time. It's unneccessary. So instead of using mute, I have to set the volume to zero when using the amp and re-set it to a reasonable volume afterwards. Now, I have to replace the KV-32DS60U and I've been looking at the Sony KD-32DX100, Panasonic TX-32DT30 and the Toshiba 32ZT29B. It seems that none of these allow me to cancel the mute symbol*. It's not difficult. I had a JVC 25" about 10 years ago that allowed me to suppress the on-screen mute symbol. And I believe that some/all Loewe's do. Am I alone at being irritated by this? I did a search of these forums to see if this was a previously debated topic but I could not find anything significant. Am I alone or is it just apathy/acceptance? Do most people with amps use the amp all the time? * This is NOT a primary concern. The box needs to do it's job properly first. A dismissable mute icon is a nice-to-have.