- Aug 21, 2013
- Down at Dino's Bar & Grill
So, I haven't been checking in on this thread for a while, but this morning I saw this video from Headphones.com:
I was like woah What is going on here? This SJV headphone is pretty clearly ripping off the visual language of the Caldera with the wood / grill / rods / etc. I'm not putting the actual headphone down - I'm sure they sounds nice. They are described as an open back Noire which I can really get behind in theory. I know Zach puts a lot of effort into his design ideas and I was frustrated for him that someone copy him so closely.
After watching the DMS video I saw that Zeos had a review linked as well. I watched that one and he actually mentioned that the tighter grill pattern was his influence. Should headphone influencers be elevating a copy cat design by giving it attention...even if it sounds nice and the price is right? How do you all feel about this?
When is it a riff vs. a rip?
The Caldera is still my favorite headphone in my collection personally.
Personally, I'd never review nor own any headphone that got it's start by ripping off someone elses hard work. Pretty f'n vile.