Originally Posted by swanlee
Thing is who is going to spends thousands of dollars on a state of the art Pre\\pro just
to play mp3's on them?
That's like asking who is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy a Lexus just
to listen to a Mark Levinson car audio system? While the Levinson car system is a desirable feature, enough to be promoted in commercials and marketing material as a selling point, it is not the sole reason to buy a Lexus. Likewise, a restorer feature is not the sole reason to buy the next Lexicon flagship, but it is a desirable enough feature that Harman thought it worth mentioning publicly.
And who will be in the market for mutli thousand dollar pre\\pro's and say well this one makes mp3's better so I'll buy this one instead.
You're acting asthough Lexicon built the MP-20 around a restorer feature and customers will make their buying decision around that single feature. It's merely a checklist item for newer pre-pros and receivers, which other manufacturers have already implemented, being used as a strawman in this thread.
Still, to answer your question about who would buy a pre-pro that makes compressed music sound better: certainly more people than would buy a pre-pro to make lossless audio sound better. Most people don't even know what that means. By comparison, a wide range of people (from those buying the cheapest HTiBs to those buying the most expensive separates) likely listen to compressed music. And, if it really were a desirable feature, apodizing filters would be more popular than restorer features. But that's not the case.
I would also just hope this technology could also be used to extract something out of lossless audio
What do you mean "something"? What exactly do you think is missing from lossless audio that needs to be extracted?