I have very nice results with Nordost Blue Heaven.
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Try Synergistic Research Active X4 speaker cables- a friend of mine seems to think they are amazing on Vanderstiens. The X4's have SR's Active Shielding, IFT bi wire, and they are in your budget. You should contact The Cable Company and arrange to audition a pair along with a pair of Audioquest and Cardas. Then when you hear the Synergistic Research cables in YOUR system you'll have a point of reference as to how good your system, and these cables can sound.
Bottom line- always compare a few cables in your budget from different manufacturers BEFORE you buy. This is the path to getting the most out of your system and The Cable Co is a great way to Try Before U Buy
best out of your speakers/system....
Have you considered acoustic treatments - you can do quite a lot for $800 bucks?
How about a power conditioner - if you have dirty power or weak power supplies or noisy PC's connected to the same electric circuits or your devices have less than highly robust power supplies then you might get an audible improvement for as little as $100 (Monster entry level) or as much as $500 for an active conditioner from APC or more from other high-end reputable companies - you usually get some surge protection too.
Just a thought...
Without having heard your particular Yamamaha amp and without knowing your priorities I would think to change it first. Not only is it both preamp and power amp, but is doubtless encumbering the sound with video,tuner,etc circuitry. On top of all of that you have a preponderance of warmth (Yamamha, Cardas, Vandys) that almost has to yeild some sluggishness, slowness and/or veiling. The first place to begin with this to my mind would be the amp and a couple of different high end cables as loaners as is mentioned above after that.