There’s an interesting thread on Gearsluts comparing the Roland TR-808 with the Goldbaby 808 samples and the  D16 Nepheton software…

I agree completely that the real thing is real and the rest is approximate…

The differences are particularly apparent in the timbre of the kick and snare and the general analog liveliness.  The real deal just sings!

tr-808-test

::: IF :::