Reply 100 of 109, by BeastOfSoda
Out of curiosity, what is your definition of "reproduction"? Because, if you're looking for 1:1 replicas of older hardware, those would make little sense. If you were to redesign a Sound Blaster 16, would you do so by keeping the original model's issues in place (hanging notes, DMA clicking, no intelligent MPU mode, noisy output...) for the sake of fidelity, or would you improve on those aspects to deliver a product better than the originals, like the Awe64 legacy which ditches CQM for a real OPL3 chip, or the Orpheus which is basically a penultimate Sound Blaster card? Note that we are not talking about quirks that give the original hardware its character: we are talking about straight up design flaws, which keep the original boards from being quality products.
Tiido wrote on 2021-06-07, 10:05:
I would think the list should contain all the recently made hardware that is explicitly designed to be used with the retro hardware with their software environments. I imagine primary purpose of this list is more or less to easily see what is available with intent to actually get and use these things instead of period correct hardware, whatever it may be as in the end it plays the sound and music in the games etc. just like the period correct hardware does, fulfilling the function.
My point of view is the same as yours: I think the purpose was to provide a list of viable alternatives to aging and increasingly rarer hardware to replicate the same user experience as back in the days, maybe by fixing the original hardware's blunders in the process.