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Be careful if purchasing "new" or "used" Audeze headphones online!!

I hate to see this happen, let alone to a leading edge small company like theirs:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Audeze was robbed last night (Feb 28) and about $250,000 worth of headphones was stolen. You should be highly suspicious if anyone other than an Authorized Audeze dealer offers you Audeze headphones for sale at a reduced price. We do not allow our dealers to sell via Amazon, eBay, Craigslist etc., so deals on these sites should be researched before you purchase. You should also be very concerned if their headphones do not have a serial number, or the seller refuses to give you the serial number before purchase. All Audeze headphones have a serial number on the inside of the pin block. We will soon publish a list of all stolen products’ serial numbers. In addition, Audeze is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves. If you have any information or questions, please write to: [email protected]
 

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Please publish the list of stolen serial numbers here if you can
 

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It looks like at least for now Audeze is stating you should verify the serial number of any product under consideration with them by checking with
[email protected].

More info on that theft and another up in San Francisco here:

http://www.stereophile.com/content/devastating-audio-rip-offs-california

Stereophile reached Audeze's COO, Sankar Thiagasamudram, shortly after he returned home from a day that included fingerprint and DNA gathering by the Costa Mesa Police Department. Because the police spent much time in the building, an accurate assessment of loss and damage will not be possible until after this story is posted. Look for updates in the comments section.

Thiagasamudram explains that the break-in took place over a several hour period in the early morning hours. Although Audeze's headquarters are in a low-crime area, and the building is equipped with a good security system and surveillance cameras, the ski-masked and gloved thieves managed to avoid detection. Clearly professionals, they cut a hole low in Audeze's steel security door, and crawled in and around the building without raising themselves high enough to trigger motion sensors that would have set off the alarm. (Most motion detectors do not begin to operate until 2' above the floor, so as to avoid triggering by roaming pets.). The thieves also used boxes to hide their movement and avoid detection.

"We make all our headphones in Costa Mesa, and then ship them to 120 countries," Thiagasamudram told Stereophile. "We store all the raw materials here, and the thieves damaged some of them in the process of getting to the headphones. The biggest problem is for us to get back on our feet, because it will take a while to get parts before we can begin assembling them."
The San Francisco theft:

 

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What a shame. I hope they'll be able to recoup their losses somehow. At first I thought this was a thread on knockoffs
 
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