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.
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.
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 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.
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.