oBravo is a boutique headphone company, so fair their main focus were high end IEMs using their patented AMT driver technology. The Cupid is their entrance into a more budget range with a hybrid dynamic driver and planar twitter IEM.
This pre-production review unit was sent for and unbiased review by Audio Concierge.
In the box
Build quality and accessories
The build quality is excellent, IEMs are heavy, feel solid and have a nice dark metallic finish to them. The cable looks a bit unusual however is soft and supple and doesn’t suffer from a lot of microphonics. The two adaptors are very high quality however are quite impractical to use. If used portable they create a very long connector prone to breaking (see images below). An option to get those with a few centimetres of wire in between male and female connector would be preferable.
Fit and comfort
The included tips can be a bit fiddly to use due to how shallow they are, I recommend using spinfits or dekoni bulletz instead to improve seal and comfort. Other than that Cupid has a good fit, it is a bit weighty which I felt after a few hours of listening but being curved and smooth made it negligible.
Cupid is a fairly special sounding IEM, most people would describe it as bright but it’s not the entirety of the story.
I’ve been informed the final tuning of the Cupid will be slightly changed from what’s below. Once I have the production unit I’ll update this space.
The subbass is nicely extended, has a good texture and detail to it. The midbass is where the Cupid can disappoint for some, it is well controlled and detailed but it’s quite recessed and may feel lacking on certain tracks, music relying on midbass can sound hollow. Good example of this would be “Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name”.
This is where Cupid starts to shine, the vocals are quite forward and intimate, the instruments have a very good and natural timbre to them. Tracks like “Blackmore’s Night – Storm” have a good sense of presence and show a great amount of detail. Even with a busy mix there’s no muddiness to be heard. They aren’t sibilant unless the mix itself is, which shows their tuning is angled more towards well recorded and mastered music.
Slightly elevated, very well extended with a large amount of detail and sparkle. The cymbals in “Blackmore’s Night – Cartouche” sound natural and have just enough metallic shimmer to them to bring them to life. Apart from a peak at around 10k that gives it a sense of air there aren’t any areas that should cause fatigue even though the whole treble is elevated.
Imaging and Soundstage
Very good imaging and wide stage for an IEM especially at this price point. From all my listening I found no dead spots and the image precision is well kept across the stage. The sense of air from the treble tuning and extension for sure renders the instruments more precisely.
Throughout my brief stint on the internet, I have made my, minor, distaste for planar iems well known, they are after all tiny planar, and I am, thoroughly unconvinced. However, the Obravo Cupid is a breath of fresh air in this, nichest of niche markets. Unlike its planar iem counterparts, it is closed, thus, actually justifiable as a portable, it is built well, and sonically pleasing, if a little bass light. Go in knowing that the Cupid is what I would consider to be “weeb tuning” and aside from the aforementioned bass, or lack there of, a viable purchase at the promotional pre-order price of £249.
I think oBravo made an interesting, well priced IEM. It’s not something everyone will enjoy being midbass light, however with enough time they do show their qualities and are definitely worth the current pre-order price of £249 (and the full price of £300). On some tracks they definitely have some magic to them and given a chance everyone should at least give them a try.
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