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Tara Labs Raided - Over 42,000 Cables Seized Print E-mail
Monday, 13 September 2004
Police raided the offices and warehouse of Ashland, Oregon-based high-end audio cable company Tara Labs last week, according to news sources. The raid is reportedly due to the company falsely claiming to make their cables in the United States when they were outsourcing the manufacturing overseas. Mathew Bond, the founder of Tara Labs, denies knowing of the infraction and claims, "These mistakes were rectified and won’t happen here again." That might not be good enough for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has been tracking the alleged violations since 2000.

The raids come just days before the CEDIA trade show that highlights the best in audio/video targeting the custom installer market. Tara Labs was not in attendance at the show.

Other high-end cable manufacturers spoke out about the scandal, suggesting that there may be more cable companies that do worse than repackage cable from China. This scandal and any potential conviction could do great harm to the high-end cable business. AV industry icons like Noel Lee, founder of Monster Cable, and Karen Sumner, president of Transparent cable, along with others, have spent millions marketing and teaching the importance of cables for mid-to-high-level AV systems. Critics say cables make no difference in an AV system, but they are wrong. Hopefully, the Tara Labs scandal will not taint the consumers’ view on the need for high-performance cables in home theater systems.

Source: Mail Tribune

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