Good entry level cables.
Since changes to Cardas, then AudioQuest SKYs, and Nordost TYR 2.
and many others in between.
I use solid core silver available from Parts Connexion.
They sound perfect, but physically brittle. I've had a couple of them break at the connection end in my XLR AND RCA cables.
If I could afford stranded silver I would go that route.
I have used silver plated, stranded copper speaker wires and found they took a long time to break in, and when they did they were no better than stranded copper.
@dgarretson Thanks for the reference on the headshell cable. I just looked into the Connex bulk cable you were referencing, and they look like a great wire! Currently 50% off at Parts Connexion too. I might have to try em out. What are you using for the connectors of those cables? Have you ever compared them to their Revelations? I wonder what the difference in sound is considering the Revelations are not shielded.
@thiefoflight - not that broad a base for comparison but, perhaps most tellingly, I do use it in preference to the (at one time) well-regarded Stereovox XV-2 digital cable.
Compared to the XV-2, I think the D-750 is a little fuller bodied and more satisfying to listen to. The XV-2 has a leaner sound. Detail retrieval with both is very good. These differences are subtle, at least to my ears and with my gear.
Also have some lower cost Audioquest cable: VDM-3 and Dyson Audio Audioquest Solid Silver Digital Cable. D-750 detail retrieval seems better than the VDM-3. The Dyson seems dark toned and a little murky detail-wise (but it was cheap and worth a try!).
If you can find a D-750 with 30 day trial or used, it would be worth trying out.
@thiefoflight With the Connex/DH Labs BL-Ag bulk wire I use KLEI solid silver RCAs and Neutrik XLRs. I have a hankering to try some boutique XLRs with this wire, but have not gotten around to it. My thought is that to obtain top performance from a fancy XLR plug, it would be a good idea to also upgrade the panel-mounted XLRs in the chassis-- which is a PITA.
BL-Ag wire also makes a good low-capacitance phono IC.
@ghosthouse thanks for sharing your thoughts!
@dgarretson wow, just looked at the KLEI connectors, and they are pretty affordable for being silver. May look into that route. Do you happen to know the capacitance of the BL-Ag per foot? That's exactly what I am looking at it for... low-capacitance phono.