I am in total agreement. I have been a Straightwire fan for years. Straightwire offers a nice selection of cables. I have used several models at different price points in the past.
I am currently using a one meter pair of Crescendo balanced interconnect on my CD player. However Straightwire offers very affordable options also. The Encore II interconnect is a nice star quad design costing $125 that will compete with many in its price range. I recently heard them on a Caimbridge Audio CXU universal player. I have used their Octave II Biwire speaker cable with a Anthem I225.
Straightwire has recently released the new Expressivo and Expressivo Grande interconnect and speaker cable:
Expressivo Grande II speaker cable is composed of 6 (CCT) positive "air suspended" conductors at 15AWG of OFHC Copper around a non-conductive, low resonant core. Multiple low dielectric insulations are employed to optimize mechanical and electrical performance. This ULTRA low resistance speaker cable utilizes dual opposing spiral shields for the negative conductor path(s) and familiar Straight Wire anti-static micro-fiber braid.
The cable is custom jacketed with durable mesh (various colors at no up-charge) rather than the Straight Wire traditional clear jacket. This preserves the micro-details throughout the audible spectrum for clear and effortless presentations. Critical enthusiasts should audition this cable together with premium interconnects to find the ideal compliment for their high level system(s).
IBW (internally bi-wireable cable)
Mesh choice over Fiber Braid
16.0mm (.63") diameter