Agonized over joining this drop, and in the end let it go. Discount on the Classic was not deep enough (taxes ate up all the savings), and the higher-end models are too pricy to buy w/o prior listening, especially since there are so many higher-end models (which one to choose?).
But the main thing that turned me off was Audeze's response to the whole matter--not because of doubt in Drop's offer to extend their own warranty, but because Audeze is so overprotective of their fixed prices that they're willing to punish people who end up owning a "tainted serial number" (and no doubt whomever supplied them to Drop) rather than stand by their products. I'm not feeling eager to do business with them.
I had my own run-in with Audeze a couple years ago when I bought an LCD-2 Classic at Amazon for $599 (new) only to have them cancel the order, claiming the item was "no longer in stock." Well, the seller was Audeze, and upon reaching out to their customer service they explained that $599 is their B-stock price, leading me to the conclusion that the Amazon posting was probably a pricing mistake (should not have been advertised for new headphones). If it really was simply "out of stock," why not put me on backorder, or at least give me the option to cancel instead of canceling out from under me? And if it was a pricing mistake, why not own up to that instead of making up some other excuse?
I've no doubt their products are good. I own an LCD-GX that I use for gaming, and I really enjoy it; I'm intrigued and would like to expand my collection of Audeze headphones. But I've dealt with combative companies before, and I'm not eager to get into a relationship with one who's more concerned with their revenue stream than with my purchase and ownership experiences, particularly for such premium products.
Sorry, Audeze, but your response to this drop suggests a troubling trend to me. I'm gonna toss my LCD budget towards some closed Verites--my 3rd pair of ZMFs--to help one of the most customer friendly companies in audio weather this storm.