What do you look at while listening to your system? What art or decor suits your style? Audiogon user, Bizango1 combined his interests by putting his fish tank as the focal point of his listening room, creating a both visually and aurally enjoyable experience. With the look of this tropical room featuring an aquarium, purple statement wall, and bright red chair, he got us rethinking listening room decor. Take a look below to find out how he got inspired.
- Arcam FMJ CD33T CD player
- BAT VK300xSE Supertube integrated
- JL Audio F110 Subwoofer (pair)
- Synergistic Research Alpha Sterling ActiveX Interconnect
- Monster Cable 600SW Subwoofer Interconnect (pr)
- Kimber 8TC Speaker cable
- Acoustic Zen Adagio floorstanders Speaker
- Rega DAC DA converter
- Squeezebox Touch Tuner
AUDIOGON: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bizango1: I’m in my second career working in renewable energy in the Monterrey Bay area of California. I got into audio as a means of getting more enjoyment out of listening to music. My parents were a great influence with their records, and as a family we watched all the variety music shows on TV in the sixties. I started out as a kid audiophile by listening in my bedroom closet in the dark with my headphones listening to CSN, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, etc. It was like a sensory deprivation chamber that allowed me to absorb every note and nuance. If I was a better guitar player, I could still play every note to Suite: Judy Blue Eyes from memory.
: How did you get your room the way it is?
Bizango1: Not too scientific, but my room is arranged the way it is because that’s the only way it fits! I used to have a big hi-fi with thousands of watts in a huge dedicated room, but my wife decided we were moving to a small house near the beach, so I pretty much had to start over. The tweaking was buying and selling equipment for four years after we moved until it clicked with the right combo of components. No room tweaks at all.
: How did you come up with the idea to put a fish tank in the center of your set up?
Bizango1: The tank came first! Speakers just naturally end up on either side of it. If you have a nice tank, you want to spend a lot of time looking at it. If you have a nice hi-fi, you want to spend a lot of time listening in front of it. If you don’t have a whole lot of spare time, you can do both at the same time if the tank is between the speakers. Truth is, I’ve had a tank between my speakers since was a kid in the mid seventies.
: What kind of fish do you have?
Bizango1: Freshwater community tropicals. Some of my favorites are Ambastaia sidthiminki, Uaru cichlids, and headstanders.
: What do you think the fish add to the listening experience?
Bizango1: The music and fish are kind of separate but concurrent for me. For me, the fish are fascinating rather than relaxing.
: Did you have to use any special room treatments to account for the tank?
Bizango1: My only treatment is stuffing the tank stand with old pillows so it isn’t a passive radiator.
: What is your favorite component and why?
Bizango1: Can I pick two? When I got my Acoustic Zen Adagios the system sounded right for the first time since the move to the small room after owning Revel F32s, PSB Synchrony Ones, Usher BE718s, etc. All good speakers but the Adagios work best with the room. Then I got the BAT VK300xSE integrated and the synergy with the Adagios make that combo the best overall I’ve ever had and for a lot less money than previous systems.
: What is your favorite music to listen to?
Bizango1: Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz, World. Lots of different stuff but very little popular Country or Rap. Mostly acoustic instruments and vocals except for Electronica played loud as hell sometimes – gotta love JL subs.
: Is there any rule, theory, or advice you abide by with the set up of your system that you’d like to share?
Bizango1: I don’t like finicky equipment. I like to turn it on and listen-not chase hum, worry if my cables are touching carpet, stuff like that. I am also a strong believer that my ears are different than yours and so are my tastes and each of us should let our own ears be the final word. If you love it, it’s good!
Have you incorporated your pets in your listening room? Do your animals enjoy the sounds of your system? Do you have unique decor? Comment below to share.
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