I just picked up a used Michell Orbe/SME V combo from my local dealer. It also came with a transparent phono breakout box (like hthe last 3 photos here: Transparent Audio: Interconnects, speaker cables, digital audio cables, HDMI cables, power conditioning, and power cords for music lovers, audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, and music and film studio professionals. I've read a lot about how terrible the stock phono cable for the SME V is, but i'm not sure how "bad" it really is. I also see a lot of people in those threads moving to $750-1000 cables, which is more than I've got to spend right now. Since I've got the phono breakout kit, I could move to any standard RCA > RCA options. Does anyone have any idea how much I'll likely have to spend to beat the stock cable? If it's more than $100 or so, I might need to sit on the stock cable a while and restock the budget. Kinda went over budget a bit for the orbe/SME V combo, and the war chest is a bit light. Any suggestions for cables to try? Fortunately I'll be able to try different cables from my local dealer and at least get to see what difference I can hear. If it's gonna be $500-1000 though I might as well wait a bit and not deal with it now Thanks in advance!