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Audioquest Mont Blanc (shotgun using two pairs) or Audioquest Gibraltar (shotgun using two pairs) or Tara The One (shotgun using two pairs)...both are usually available on Audiogon. If cost (even used) prohibits dual pair/shotgun configuration, look at Audioquest Volcano or Mont Blanc (more conductors to derive the biwire from) or Tara The One.
Look on ebay for Valab. Bi-wire silver plated copper and made very well. Long break in period and excel the price point by a mile.. They easily replaced a few cables mentioned in this thread. I also have a pair of Morrow SP3's coming. Can't beat the trial period. I have used solid core and stranded cables and have found that the solid core seems to have more of a full midrange. At least on the ones I have tried. If you want super budget go with Anti-cables but I can tell you they don't compare to Valab.
Also, for your buddies system look at picking up a Tripp Lite isolation transformer down the road.
the Clear Day will smooth out nicely after a 100 hrs or so. Paul has done his homework. His choice of wire and dielectric make this cable sound exceptional to me. It has very good bass control and a nice midrange. It doesn't quite have the HF extension as my big $$$ cables but don't take that as meaning they are rolled off. They're not. I think they are an outstanding bargain.
If he's really into 2-channel I guess I can see wanting to bi-wire, but if that's the case if it were me I'd be saving up for a separate pre/pro and amp. If 2-channel isn't a good deal more important to him than home theater I'd put more money into the sub before I dropped that cash on bi-wiring. Anyway, unless he's using garbage speaker cables now and needs to upgrade there may be other areas where that money would yield more return on investment at this point. Just a thought...
Lots of great affordable choices in this thread. Grover Huffman, Reality, Morrow, Anti-Cables, etc. are all good choices. I'll also add Mapleshade's Clearview Double Helix to the list. These are half of what I'm using on my front speakers, bought them used for a little over $100 for an 8ft pair (4 wires). The "non-double" are quite affordable.
As you can see I also prefer solid core cables.