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A Range of Offerings In Sound Showroom Front Row Sound in White Plains is a showroom for listening to and selecting sound equipment whether basic, install-it-yourself brand name speaker models or for contemplating more elaborate custom-designed deluxe media systems with microprocessor control. The shop has installed seven re-upholstered seats, vintage 1928, from Peekskill's Paramount Theater to enable easy listening for near and distant drummers.


The goal, according to the owner, Art Powers, is not volume, as the name might imply, but rather music from a middle distance, ''a rich sound while kept low, allowing individual orchestra instruments to be heard.'' Mr. Powers custom designs the media rooms and the remote-control audio systems.

The Art Powers-Designed Sound company began six years ago working out of the basement of the same building and through interior designers in the county, Manhattan and the Hamptons on Long Island. The company has participated for six years in the Kips Bay Boys' Club Designer Showcase for audio and video with sophisticated multiple-room remote control.

Mr. Powers's co-partner is Bob Duggan, a digital engineer, who builds the custom-installed audio and video systems under the Madison Fielding name. The control panel in each room can have a different metallic or painted finish and each has simplified custom mounting with supplied template. The remote-control wall plate is designed to fit standard electrical boxes.

Four rooms with different sounds controlled from one memory source can cost as much as $11,000, with the seven-or-more room deluxe custom work allowing up to seven separate sound sources: AM/FM; two reverse-reel tape possibilities; manual or 51 player digital disk; video for VHS-Beta-Laser video disk stereo television; 10-cassette player and manual or automatic LP record player.

Front Row Sound provides free estimates in the New York City area and then charges 10 to 20 percent less than the manufacturer's list price, with the greater markdowns applied to the more expensive units. The expansion upstairs is meant to serve directly the owners of homes, businesses, saunas, cars and boats. Built-in speakers can be indoors or out, a sound system designed for an art gallery, or a media center arranged for an executive office or a conference room.

Handy customers can design their own systems from among components or choose from among the 10 models of speaker kits. thereby saving about half the cost. Front Row Sound can help with economical designs for the enclosures, whether $40 speakers or ADS speakers at $1,000.

Among the finished selections are the prize-winning 1984 speakers by ADS: the L-300 mini-speakers are $175 each and the L-1290 tower speaker lists at $629 each in black or $649 in a walnut finish. The ADS L-300C model is meant for a car and costs $139, but Front Row Sound can set that model into the wall of a room to save space after spraying the grille to blend with the new surroundings.

Front Row Sound is at 281 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains (the shop is between Maple Avenue and the junction with Old Mamaroneck Road, with Carhart Avenue leading to free parking behind the shop). Open 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Saturday during the summer and to 7 P.M. from September to June, or by appointment. Closed Sunday.

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MasterCard, Visa and checks are accepted and exchanges are possible, not cash refunds. All speakers and kits are guaranteed for five years and custom-installation parts and labor are guaranteed for one year. The minimum charge for installation is $100. Estimates can be arranged by calling 946-8659 and are provided in writing after the visit. Repairs can be made on all models with house calls made for installed units. The telephone number is 997-1979. Bags for Everything That Bags Can Do The Plastic Bag Factory Outlet opened to the public three months ago in Elmsford after 10 years as a wholesale business called High Tenacity Plastics, suppliers to business, industry and schools. The outlet savings are one-third to one-half off the usual retail prices and there is no charge for the price list, which can be requested by telephone at 592-1920.

Bulk orders have come from the Nutrition Center in Ardsley, the Yonkers Fire Department, the Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital, the Elmsford Post Office and Glie Farms in The Bronx, which designs atriums and provides fresh herbs and specialty produce. Custom printing can be done on a wide range of containers from shopping bags to grommet bags, including bags for disposal of radioactive waste.

Industrial-grade bags up to 43-by-46 inches, or custom-sized to order, rolls of garment bags, mattress bags and film needs can be supplied at discounted prices. The equivalency to conventional plastic is regular (1 mil), medium, heavy, heavy plus, extra heavy and extra heavy plus (4 mil), all with high-stretch, tear-resistant qualities.

White kitchen bags, 24 by 30 inches, in a 12-box case cost $7.67, or 3 cents a bag, nearly two-thirds off a supermarket price and food storage bags in the 10-by-14-inch size are $6.90 for a box of 500 - both with twist ties supplied. Trash bags for home and industry are available in two dozen variations of size, strength and gallon capacities.

Sandwich bags are ordered with a five-box minimum, 300 to a 91-cent box. Zip-type locking refrigerator and freezer bags in the 10-by-12-inch size are 100 to a box for $6.61. Any order can be returned with the receipt within 15 days for an exchange to the next stronger bag or for a refund. The outlet also can supply cardboard shipping boxes, box-sealing tape and tape dispensers in various sizes.

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The Plastic Bag Factory Outlet is at 134A Saw Mill River Road, or Route 9A, Elmsford, N.Y. 10523 (from Route 119, turn south on Route 9A for less than one-half mile and the outlet is on the left, just past the Wonderbread Thrift Store, which is on the right). Open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday and 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Credit cards cannot be used, but checks are accepted.

By Jeanne Clare Feron