So, after watching Steven Wilson's Insurgentes documentary, I've been inspired to put an analog hi-fi system together. I've done some research for a few weeks, and the number of options is pretty overwhelming. I also don't fully understand what I should be looking for. (Example: What makes a good tonearm, cartridge, etc?)
Besides excellent sound, the main thing I'm looking for in a system is simplicity. I want a system that is low maintenance and relatively easy to set up.
My budget will be $3,000, give or take. (I'm still in college, so it'll take me a few more months to actually have all of that money saved up.) The components I'm leaning towards right now are the Clearaudio Concept Turntable and Focal CMS40 active studio monitors. I have absolutely no clue what kind of phono preamp would best compliment those other two components.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.