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Inside an artist audiophile's stunning New York City loft

Show Us Yours: Greg Patan, the son of a jazz musician, has an insane apartment filled to the rafters with high-end audio gear. Check it out.

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Greg and his hi-fi

This is Greg Petan. His Show Us Yours showcase comes to us courtesy of Steve Guttenberg, who writes CNET's Audiophiliac column. He became acquainted with Greg through a mutual friend and could hardly believe his eyes and ears. "Greg's home and his hi-fi are all completely over the top," Guttenberg reports.

Greg's father was a jazz musician, so he really knows what music is supposed to sound like in a domestic setting. That clearly ignited his quest for reproducing music in his large loft space in New York City, and as you'll soon see Greg is a man of many passions. He played in a band for 10 years before declaring art his true calling. 

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Dan D’Agostino Momentum preamplifier

When an artist who also happens to be an audiophile picks out a preamp, it has to look as good as it sounds, so Greg naturally went for a Dan D'Agostino Momentum preamplifier.

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VPI Avenger Reference Plus turntable

Greg's VPI Avenger turntable's chassis features three layers of bonded acrylic/aluminum/acrylic, with a 20-pound (9kg) aluminum platter that spins on an inverted bearing with a hardened stainless steel shaft, and a 60 Rockwell chrome hardened ball! No wonder Greg loves the sound of his LPs! VPI turntables are, as always, made in New Jersey. 

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PRS Custom 22 guitar

Greg playing this gorgeous guitar at home.

 

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Dan D’Agostino Phonostage preamplifier

Since Greg already had the Dan D'Agostino Momentum preamplifier, opting for the company's phono preamp was a no-brainer. Greg also writes audio reviews for Tone Audio and Positive Feedback

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Lansche Audio 4.1 speakers

At first glance, the Lansche Audio 4.1 looks like just another beautiful high-end speaker, but closer examination reveals a unique, extremely high-tech feature: a Corona Plasma tweeter. So rather than employ a metal, diamond, or soft dome tweeter, the Lansche Audio 4.1's tweeter has no physical parts to move air; that task is handled by the Corona Plasma tweeter. Its yellow-violet plasma flame produces the speaker's treble by exciting nearby air molecules to vibrate, much like lightning causes thunder. The Lansche Audio 4.1's treble has stunning purity, and the dual 10-inch (254mm), 400-watt powered subwoofers per speaker generate deep bass. The burled poplar veneers are flawless.

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Audio Research DAC 9 digital converter & McIntosh MB50 streaming audio player

Greg may love vinyl, but he's no slacker when it comes to getting the most out of his digital tunes! 

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Philip Glass in the house!

Greg had the legendary composer/musician play a recital in his home -- how cool is that?! 

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Greg plays vinyl

Steve and Greg listened to a lot of jazz piano LPs, which his system reproduced really well. Then again, Greg's father was a jazz pianist, so that came as no surprise.

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Sunny Cable Technology H3W15S speakers

Greg wasn't able to play these huge speakers for Steve, but they looked like they mean business. This bad boy weighs 300 pounds (136kg), has a 15-inch (351mm) woofer, a midrange horn driver, and a super-tweeter. 

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1/12 scale Martini Porsche 935 turbo

Greg was eager to show off his model car collection, too -- he was especially proud of this one. 

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Pass Labs XA200.5 power amplifiers

These humongous power amps -- there are two of them -- can easily play any speaker on the planet, and sound great doing so. No wonder they are Greg's reference to get the most out of his Yes, Deep Purple, Rush, Scorpions, techno pop, and electronica records.

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Greg’s system

Here's a wide shot of the system, and what a system it is!

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Greg’s art

Here's Greg with a recent commission.

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More of Greg’s art

Greg's elephant piece is part of his Endangered Species series. The work is done in acrylic paint, ink, and crystals.

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Greg’s stuff

And we'll finish things off with some of Greg's LPs and random stuff. Thanks for checking out this installment of Show Us Yours. If you want to see more, we have plenty look at here.

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