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Electronics: Cameras, Computers, Stereos continued

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 available, too.

P.C. 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 $500).

Computer Classes for Kids
The Techno Team
Reebok Sports Club/NY; 160 Columbus Ave., at 67th St.
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).

Radio Shack
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).

The Sharper Image
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.

Sound by Singer
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.

Stereo Exchange
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 $20,000).

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.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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