For novice “Audiophiles”. Yes, Speakers first along with an integrated from PS Audio or separates from Schiit. Keeps thing on a budget and allows you better Speakers that in time will sound “better” with more expensive electronics.
And then there’s me. Having a background in in electronics (Audio was the Dream - RF became my reality - for 25 years). I have to have the electronics 1st cause that’s what I enjoy the most. All those pieces inside and having and understanding of my own as to how hard it is to build a successful product with a team is more important me.
Look, building Speakers ain’t easy as a DIYe’r, but done correctly (or as good as you can) they can sound pretty good and save you a Ton of money. That’s what I did 25 years ago and am still doing now (well…sort of making 901’s sound good with miniDSP is sorta DIY).
One day with enough money in hand (well, once all this PSA stuff is paid off), I’ll buy Speakers worthy of my M700’s/DirectStream DAC (maybe a future upgrade to M1200’s once they are production…dreaming here).
Before Paul’s Video’s & PSA came into my life, I had a Adcom GFA-345 and GFA-545II followed by a GFA-555II (traded in he 545). They served me well for many years but the PSA stuff just was a big improvement in sound quality using the same Homebrew Speakers I had at the time.
And they make my 901’s better than they did in 1968 ! (I wasn’t around until a year later…LOL).