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.
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.
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.
Greg playing this gorgeous guitar at home.
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.
Greg may love vinyl, but he's no slacker when it comes to getting the most out of his digital tunes!
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.
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.
Greg was eager to show off his model car collection, too -- he was especially proud of this one.
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.
Here's a wide shot of the system, and what a system it is!
Here's Greg with a recent commission.
Greg's elephant piece is part of his Endangered Species series. The work is done in acrylic paint, ink, and crystals.