On Saturday night, February 28, Audeze, one of the most respected audiophile headphone specialists, were robbed of over $250,000 worth of equipment.
The Costa Mesa-based firm have asked the DJ world to be alert and report any suspect sales of the stolen items… They have also offered $10,000 to anyone who can help with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.
Audeze are no stranger to the producer community. Especially drum & bass. Camo & Krooked, Phace & Misanthrop, dBridge, Dirtyphonics, Calyx and Goldie have all publicly celebrated Audeze’s high-end properties and attention to detail. It seems the headphones’ appeal have attracted the wrong type of attention, too.
Yesterday the company made this announcement on Facebook:
“Yesterday morning we learned there was the break-in at the Audeze factory. It looks like a well-planned coordinated job. The thieves crawled under and behind the racks to defeat our security system. Our finished goods inventory is wiped out and there is damage to our property. The thieves went through some of the raw materials and boxes and we are not sure of the full extent of the damage. The Costa Mesa police department is going through the factory collecting information and they’re being very helpful.
We’re a small company and all our employees are like family. As news of the break-in spread many of our employees came to the office. A lot of them were worried about the consequences and what’s next if something of this magnitude happens to a small company like ours. Everyone was milling around the assembly line talking about how to get back on our feet.
The new EL8s were supposed to ship and were in a separate area of the facility. Luckily this area was left untouched. In an impromptu act of solidarity, Ivan who handles our shipping started packing EL8s. Marco our assembly lead started working on organizing the space. Justin and Dave joined and started working as well. Nearly every one turned out and started working, picking up the pieces. Our sales team got in, getting the word out on social media and sending emails to our dealers. We’ve had calls from customers and friends. People are posting leads for us on Facebook and other social media. The outpouring of support is really tremendous.
We have announced a reward for anyone helping us arrest and convict the culprits. If you find any information or leads, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Costa Mesa Police department at, 99 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA, (714) 754-5280. Meanwhile security is being beefed up at the warehouse.
While this may be a big hit for a small company like Audeze in the short-term, we will actually grow stronger from all this. We will be back in business on Monday building headphones with the same love, care and craftsmanship.
On behalf of the entire team at Audeze we thank you for the overwhelming support over the last few days.
Audeze have asked anyone to report any strange or suspect sales of their products. Audeze only sell via authorised dealers and never sell via Amazon, Craig’s List or eBay. They will be listing the serial numbers of the stolen products this week. If you’re suspicious of any sale – if a price is too good to be true or a vendor won’t provide details such as the serial number – email Audeze directly: email@example.com
We wish Audeze the best of luck finding the culprit and recovering their stocks. More info.