I doubt you will get many responses to your questions. ALO is really best known for making headphone replacement cables (and some feel their prices are exorbitant.) Unless ALO provides a free trial, I would avoid them as you would have a hard time selling ALO cables on the used market. If you are in the US, I would call the Cable Company, tell them your budget, get some recommendations, and then borrow cables from them to try in your system before buying. Or read through the Audiogon archives and look for cables in your budget that are highly regarded.