I’ve got an old rack sampler, and I guess the thing that is kinda attractive about it is that it makes decisions for you - instead of fumbling with a “lo fi” plug in, you just put stuff through it and it comes out sounding like an old Akai rack sampler.
Not necessarily “better” (i.e. worse) than say Decimort or whatever, but it is kinda different. It’s like stock “mojo”.
Although tbh, as mine is not one of the “cool” generation of AKAIs I feel like part of it is just that the amplifier stage is great cos samplers used to be really expensive kit…
I use Decimort a bucketload too though.
Also, I was accidentally overdriving an 808 through the mic pre on my cheapy behringer interface the other day and that sounded pretty cool. Golng to do that more.