Yup, a semi-broken Fender amp. They made amps to give you a clear and crisp guitar sound, not to distort it. That's perfectly understandable. Your HiFi back then does the same thing as you want whatever comes out of the speaker to be an accurate representation of what you play on it, not some distorted mess.
Not all technical innovations lead to good.
Then again, you can hear a massive difference between what was possible in Hardcore if you compare old songs from the peak of the Gabber age in 2004 like this one:
And the newer remix by Angerfist from 2013:
That kinda bass and overdrive just plain wasn't possible back then. No utility could create that, despite everything just being digital even back then.
Also, of course, stylistic differences. The old version still has the appeal of just being blunt as fuck.