Third generation mobile terminals diffusion is encouraging the development of new multimedia based applications. The reliable transmission of audiovisual content will gain major interest being one of the most valuable services. Nevertheless, mobile scenario is severely power constrained: high compression ratios and refined energy
management strategies are highly advisable. JPEG2000 as the source encoding stage assures excellent performance with extremely good visual quality. However the limited power budged imposes to limit the computational effort in order to save as much power as possible. Starting from an error prone environment, as the wireless one, high error-resilience features need to be employed. This paper tries to investigate the trade-off between quality and power in such a challenging environment.