Is there smaller gauge available? 18awg is OK for interconnecs but not for tonearm wire.
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After looking at the description and specifications of the cable, I see no reason not to give it a try. You may need a separate ground wire, of course, to prevent hum. Plain old 18 or 20 or 22 gauge hookup wire should be fine for that purpose.
If you decide to go for one of the more expensive cables, be sure to consider the capacitance per unit length of each candidate. As you may realize the tonal balance of MM cartridges is sensitive to load capacitance, and 150 to 300 pf is recommended for the 2M Bronze. That figure applies to the total of phono cable capacitance, turntable wiring capacitance, and phono stage input capacitance. The input capacitance of the NR905 is not specified, but you probably won't be going very wrong if you figure on 50 pf or so. And perhaps a little less than that for the turntable. That would work out well in combination with the 22 pf/ft (total 132 pf) capacitance of the Monoprice cable, but you would want to reassess that total for any other cables you may consider.