I played (electric) bass way back, and still think it’s a wonderful instrument in the right hands - not mine, I should say! - think Dave Allen, Mick Karn, Percy Jones, Pino Palladino. It strongly influenced the kind of music I listened to when I was playing more actively, and more generally I find that rhythm rather than melody is often what defines the music I enjoy.
These days I dabble in classical guitar, which seems to be very much an art that can never be fully mastered. As a result I’m listening to much more classical guitar music than I did before, partly to learn what good playing sounds like as well as simply enjoying the music.
I think playing any instrument (even if not to a high standard) gives a much deeper appreciation of how music works, and helps to broaden one’s horizons. (Reminds me of the old joke: I like two kinds of music: country and western.)
It’s hard to say whether this has influenced my choice of audio system. Probably more important has been the fact that I enjoy a wide range of musical styles - from chamber music to metal - and listen to quite a lot of live music (at least in the old days when that was actually possible) so fortunately I’ve ended up with a system that plays everything pretty well, at least to my ears.