I find the beauty of the 808 to be not only the sounds you hear, but also how those sounds are made—I absolutely adore the circuit design of the 808’s sound generators. They’re so simple, elegant, and economical. To digitally emulate these circuits is to engage in over-engineering a solution to a problem that’s already been solved. Sure, it may faithfully replicate the sound of the original, but it’s still a simulacrum that fails to accomplish what it’s intended to accomplish by the most straight forward means possible. The analog circuity of the 808 will always be simplest way to achieve the sound of the 808: I guarantee you there’s at least an order of magnitude more transistors in the TR-08 than the TR-808. Just look at the schematics: it’s damn good design.
So why use something as powerful as a modern-day digital synth for a task that something less powerful is perfectly capable of doing? It’s overkill. And why buy a digital synth that only permits you to use its presets, when you can buy one that allows you to actually synthesize with it? With the TR-08, you’re sacrificing control. With the original 808, you could mod it, and fix it if a component failed. Good luck doing that with this thing; if you try, you’ll probably end up violating some legal agreement you didn’t know you agreed to.
So yeah, I won’t be buying one.