Park Avenue Audio
425 Park Ave. So., at 29th St.
If you feel like you’re not getting enough high-end
on SpongeBob’s squeal, or you’re missing the bass
on that new Wiggles tune, head here for audiophile-quality
speakers, state-of-the-art Integra DVD players ($350 to $1,200),
Grado headphones ($69 to $700; very good for after you’ve
put the kids down for the night), as well as Fujitsu high-def
plasma televisions ($4,999 to $25,000). Custom installations
Richard & Son
Call 212-979-2600 for store locations
A local chain with dozens of locations, P.C. Richard & Son’s
two Manhattan superstores are mobbed with bargain-hunting
families on weekends hauling out everything from air conditioners
to space heaters. Though you might think of the chain for
its huge selection of appliances (washers, dryers, microwaves),
the stores have a very decent array of extremely reasonably
priced consumer electronics items, including laptops (starting
at around $1,200) and flat-screen TVs (starting at around
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Reebok Sports Club/NY; 160 Columbus Ave., at 67th
Kill two birds with one stone at Loretta Radice’s
popular tech classes. Hip Upper West Side moms work
out while their kids (ages 3 and up) learn how to
use a mouse or edit digital pictures (from $60).
Call 800-THE-SHACK for store locations
Once the proud peddler of Realistic, the world’s most
honestly named in-store brand, Radio Shack now also sells
a selection of reasonably priced electronic items. The Spirit
of St. Louis Nostalgic Turntable with AM-FM radio and CD player
is $99.99. There’s also a slim Casio 3.2-megapixel digital
camera ($299.99) and an HP Photo Printer ($149.99).
Call 800-344-4444 for store locations
The famous tech-toy catalog retailer has several outposts
throughout the city, including a beautiful gallerylike space
in Soho. Pick up a Personal Entertainment Center, stuffed
with a DVD and CD player, TV, AM-FM radio, a seven-inch LCD
screen, and aluminum cone stereo speakers for $599.95, or
a Hummer CD stereo with AM-FM radio and alarm clock for $129.95.
18 E. 16th St., near Fifth Ave.
Serious technophiles flock to Sound by Singer for top-end
JM Labs, Burmester, Runco, Krell, B&K, Audio Physics, and
BAG equipment, with single components (CD/DVD players, LCD
and plasma TVs) starting at $500. Trade-ins help defray the
cost of purchasing new equipment.
Spectra Audio Design Group Ltd.
172 E. 75th St., near Third Ave.
Spectra specializes in the design and installation of custom
home-theater and whole-house systems. An authorized Fujitsu
dealer (with Fujitsu flat-screen TVs starting at $8,000),
Spectra also designs and installs customized Home Automation
Systems for true futurists, which control all of the video
and sound systems in your home from one centralized point.
627 Broadway, near Houston St.
This mid-to-high-end store primarily sells new audio and video
systems (from $1,000), plasma TVs from Fujitsu and Runco,
and LCD TVs from Sharp, with solid, reasonably priced, high-performance
components. They’ll also install multiroom systems,
which start at around $10,000 and surge to six figures for
elaborate setups (the most common ones, however, run for around
298 Fifth Ave., near 31st St.
One of New York’s oldest camera outlets, this place
stocks a large selection of big-brand video cameras, all kinds
of digital cameras ($200– $2,000), and tons of regular
point-and-shoots (from $40) and supplies. The helpful staff
is equally conversant in pro- and amateurspeak.