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There is no need to buy any sort of special XLR/balanced cables.
You get perfect sound with ANY balanced cable, because of the balanced geometry and 3rd-wire separate ground.
I make my own using standard AES cable, which costs about a buck a foot, and good-quality Neutrik or Hosa XLRs with gold-plated pins, which run about $4 each.
The kinds of issues that cause unbalanced/RCA cables to be so variable in sound quality simply DO NOT EXIST with balanced cables.
If you do not want to bother making your own get some HOSA XLR/balanced cables from American Musical Supply or Zzounds.
Many pro audio companies refer to them as "Microphone Cables", but don't let that confuse you.
A balanced cable is a balanced cable, whether you use it for an interconnect cable or a microphone cable.
AMS has the HOSA HMIC010 10-foot cable for $10.95 per cable, so you won't go broke there, and they are excellent cables. They have many other lengths also (3, 5, 25 feet etc.).
I use Belden 102-strand 10-gauge wire for my Vandersteen Treo speakers. You can get a 100-foot roll for around $200 or so from Mouser Electronics or Blue Jeans Cable. I terminate with soldered Audioquest gold-plated spade lugs to avoid any oxidation at the connections.