Until now the VSX-59TXi from Pioneer was one of the only A/V Receivers to feature WMA Professional decode. That might sound great and all, but the price tag for the VSX-59TXi is $4500,00. That’s not exactly cheap and not a price to reach the masses at, but fear not Pioneer is releasing several new AVR’s that support WMAPro decode and are rather cheap! Sean Alexander has posted the new models that will start at a very nice $275! Why is WMA Professional decoe important you might ask? Well, if you have purchased any of the WMV-HD disc’s they are encoded with 5.1 WMAPro audio. With WMP 10 installed and a compatible sound card you will be able to send the WMAPro 5.1 track out SPDIF to the receiver! You can also encode anything yourself with the Windows Media Encoder and send that out with WMP 10. With the Windows Media Encoder and WMAPro you can encoded at 24-bit, 96kHz and up to 7.1 channels! I really wish more companies would start making devices that support WMAPro. Both set-top and portable would be very nice to see.