As far as silver cables goes it's rather cheap yes. It also varies on wire purity, for example the silver wire comes in different purity levels such as 5N, 6N, 7N, it can be solid core or soft wire, the gauging is different, this all changes the cost. Though I do believe that pure silver cable I listed will perform well you just don't know until you try with your earphone and your gear. I have a $400 Tralucent pure silver cable here for my original 1Plus2 I absolutely love the look of, but it doesn't do what I want for the sound. Instead of lifting the tonality a touch brighter this cable (in my combination) makes the mids to smooth. The soundstage is wonderful and the headstage expands but I miss crisp edge I get from a $60 silver plated cable. So it goes to show that price isn't everything in cables and it seems there's trade off's. I'd rather go for a smaller stage because I like that crisp edge in detail more.
Tralucent cable. (as you can see it's gorgeous)
I would of course try the most expensive (if I didn't need to pay) but really anything over $150 is taking a gamble IMO. Unless I demo it first.
If anyone wants a good performing cable at a great price, I have never found better than this 6N silver plated cable, which I have bought several times on eBay for a variety of my IEM. it cost only $50 and performs very well. Everyone I recommend this to also is pleased once they receive it.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 2/12/14 at 4:09pm