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Yellow Layer Failure, Vinegar Syndrome and Miscellaneous Musings by Robert A. Harris

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Value Electronics

Having dealt with any number of online "stores," it always comes as a pleasant surprise when you find someone offering quality goods at extremely fair prices - that actually does more than send along an order to a fulfillment house and reap a quick reward in the form of a commission.

As a frequenter of AVS Forum, I couldn't help but note a certain gathering of members around one individual who seemed to know his subject matter - in this case home theater hardware and software - and was also selling online.

Having spent my earliest years in the halcyon environment of Scarsdale, NY, but also having seldom ventured back, I decided (after calling the phone number listed online, and getting a human) to make the trek.

Garth Road in "old" Scarsdale village still looked basically the same as it did half a century ago. The train station at one end, leading up a hill past what would have been the movie theatre, but no longer was, up past Tudor-styled apartment dwellings, up to a highway entrance.

At a mid-point I discovered Value Electronics, a small, cozy, store with walls filled with display devices. I was greeted, offered a soft drink, and shuttled over to meet Robert Zohn, the owner, and frequenter of the aforementioned AVS Forum.

I had gone in the hope of securing the new Panasonic Blu-ray player, and my wishes were met, not only with a unit in stock, but with a price that surprised me.

Mr. Zohn knows his stuff. With a background of decades in the broadcast industry, he is a face known to those who frequent CEDIA and other conferences that are the mainstay of the industry.

Our conversation led to software, and I was shocked to find that he had virtually every current HD disc in stock, in both formats. Did he have a copy of Reds? No problem.

It seems that nearby is his warehouse, filled, much like that of Charles Foster Kane's, with items that answer the dreams of videophiles.

While Mr. Zohn is quite busy tending to the needs of customers, he still seems to find the time in off hours to respond to queries from members over at AVS. I asked him about Home Theater Forum, and while he had heard of it, he had not visited.

To make a long story short, he was quickly in touch with Ron Epstein, and will be posting as his time permits to help the members find their way through the current maze of hardware and software. He has also promised to equal the offers available to AVS members to those of HTF.

Known at AVS for great prices, free shipping, no sales tax (tax for shipments to NY are covered internally) and a selection of free HD software with the purchases of players, I've found that he can't be beat.

This is the first time I've found the need to write about a specific vendor. I see Mr. Zohn's inclusion in the HTF membership as something very positive for all.

The store is real. The products are new, sealed, with domestic warranties. And his advice?


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