Acoustic treatment. Remember the Big Three: recording, speakers, room. Everything else matters too, but it pales by comparison.
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As long as you have a smeared or fuzzy sound stage because of first reflection problems, etc, you will be hard pressed to even do a meaningful cable comparison. So, I'll vote for the acoustic treatment. Of course, I'd say to use drapes and 1" duct board, etc, so you can save most of the money for cables after you finish.
Get the best Radio Shack cables, do the room treatment and then upgrade the cables as money permits.
Two thousand dollars and smart shopping could make an unbelievable difference in acoustics. Especially if you apply do it yourself along with smart buys on used. I would put RPG's, Tube Traps and Room Tunes on the possibility list.
You will just have to search the various audio sites and wait until some are available. I recently had a guy offer ASC Tube Traps for $75.00 each. Probably due to the fact that I paid cash and he did not have to hassle with finding boxes and shipping them.
There are posts here in Audiogons archives concerning DIY room treatments, and even a few good books on the subject. Much of the mystery of these specialty products are just in the assembly of common products such as fiberglass and transparent cloths.