Half a meter of Audioquest Coral--new--should run you just at $100. You can probably find some on this site for less. If you really want to treat yourself, get it.
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Gemini, with the usual YMMV caveat, I'd have to say that Music Metre cables have been extremely satisfactory in my system ( Assemblage 2.7 Platinum dac fed by Cambridge CD4se, Music Reference RM5 tubed pre, Belles 150 hot rod power, Maggie 1.6's.) I replaced Music Metre III's (which were excellent) with their Calibre's and everything improved even more. Very smooth but revealing, nothing edgy or glaring. Dynamic, well extended bass. See Audioreview.com for opinions that concur with my experiences. They are frequently auctioned on this site for prices within your budget and well below retail.
Go to eBay and search for MAS Interconnects. (Just Search MAS). The Black Model sell for around $50, the Grey Model around $85. I have tried these cables. Both these cables compared favorably with cables I have tried that cost between $150 and $200 such as Van Den Hul D102 and Nordost Blue Heaven. You can also contact Stu Wein directly from the eMail address that is his screen name. I have owned the SW Chorus before and while the Chorus is a good cable, these are light years better.
I use and have used the HT Truthlinks, Homegrown Audio Super Silver and Mapleshade (I use their digital IC, not the analog ones)and would recommend any of them. If you are looking for a more dynamic and detailed sound the Homegrowns are nice, for smooth, warm yet detailed the HT's and for a slightly less warm sound with fine detail then the Mapleshades would work. I prefer mixing the Mapleshade and Homegrown Silver's with my tube setup and enjoyed the Mapleshade/Truthlink combo with a SS setup.