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When the Beeping Stops

You spent way too much on that electronic gizmo to just toss it—but does anyone fix these things?


  • Digital Cameras

  • Phototech

    110 E. 13th St., nr. Fourth Ave.; 212-673-8400;

    The go-to for both the pro whose Canon DSLR needs a new sensor and the cruise-ship passenger, in town for a few hours, who needs to get a filter unstuck. Phototech turns around most repairs in three to seven days (a rush fee of $30 speeds this to 24 to 48 hours). Minor fixes start at $25; overhauls and serious repairs run $95 to 400-plus.

  • iPhones/iPads

  • NYC iPod Doctor

    877-886-3362

    Demetrios Leontaris repairs not only iPods but also iPads and most smartphones. He makes house calls, and cures a lot on the spot: You can shatter your phone on the way to work and have it fixed that day, barely leaving your desk. Water damage runs $79 and up; screen repairs start at $59 for iPhones and $129 for iPads.

  • High-end Audio

  • Cosmophonic Sound

    1628 First Ave., nr. 85th St.; 212-734-0459

    Cosmophonic isn’t the cheapest around, but for repairing a $4,000 amplifier, quality trumps price. They’re factory-authorized by Marantz, Infinity, JBL, and Harman/Kardon, do most jobs within a week, and offer home service. Best of all, if you bring in a burnt-out item that’s not worth fixing, they’ll tell you.

  • Flat-screen TVs

  • Hi-Tech Electronics

    47 Canal St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-219-3794

    Keeping lots of parts in stock allows High-Tech Electronics to repair most major-brand TVs in two to three days. They never charge for estimates; they’ve been known to do the really small jobs for free; and they’ll pay house calls on customers who live nearby, which is a big deal when you’re talking about hauling in a 52-inch TV.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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