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Hundreds of fake Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha and Harman products seized in factory raid

Stacks of fakes at the Soundpu factory

Microphone brand, Shure, has instigated a raid on a Chinese factory where police seized hundreds of counterfeit audio products.

The operation was conducted last October on Soundpu Electronics Equipment, aka Voxpu Electronics Equipment, in Enping City, Guangdong who had been producing fake Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha and Harman products.

It’s not the first time that Soundpu has been found creating fake Shure wireless microphones. The Enping Administration of Industry and Commerce made the initial discovery during a routine investigation back in April 2018.

With this repeat offense, Shure fully intends to follow-up with a lawsuit against the Guandong-based firm and it is enlisting the help of Sennheiser, Yamaha and Harman.

“Counterfeiting is an ongoing problem for the audio industry, and we remain vigilant in our anti-counterfeiting efforts,” said Chris Schyvinck, Shure president and CEO. “Our collective intellectual property has been compromised, and we greatly appreciate the cooperation of Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman in this matter.”

Whether this action will put a halt, in the long-term, to the activity remains to be seen. Just a cursory glance at the Soundpu/Voxpu website and many of its products could easily be mistaken for those made by better-known manufacturers.

A Voxpu power amplifier (top) offered on Soundpu's website. A real Yamaha P3500S amplifier (centre) and the counterfeit P3500S  (bottom) seized at Soundpu's factory in China.

A Voxpu power amplifier (top) offered on Soundpu's website. A real Yamaha P3500S amplifier (centre) and the counterfeit P3500S  (bottom) seized at Soundpu's factory in China.
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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