Fit & Isolation
Isolation is also very good but that of course should depend on your ears and eartips. Comply foams are the best bet when it comes the optimum isolation, but I myself found the silicone tips very well for general use. With comply tips Cupid also fits very well, so if you take trains or use buses a lot on your commute, I can safely recommend them.
As a sidenote, a shallower fit worked better for me than a deep, flush fit. I didn’t insert the earphones into my ear canals too much, which provided me a better and more comfortable fit. Your experience might be different, but if you get this IEM, make sure to try different fitting positions.
The oBravo Cupid is a very good sounding IEM for the asking price. It overall has an impactful low-end with good punch, crisp and clean sounding mids and nicely extended highs. It’s by no means perfect, but it surely is a strong contender for the audiophiles who look for a good entry-level monitor.
Sources used: Sony WM1A, Dethonray DTR1, Chord Hugo.
The Cupid has a very good bass extension with sharp and strong kick altogether with good decay. The rumble is pretty strong as well, and there’s a really good mid-bass / sub-bass balance. Lows have good definition and control together with good texture. You may find sub-bass being a little too dominant at times, but that will depend on your source and amplification. I don’t think it’s too much, but some people can find the sub-bass area a bit strong.
In terms of separation, there’s no obvious mid-bass bleeding that I could find. It’s very controlled despite the accentuation level, so that allows Cupid to give its clean mid-range to your ears without congestion. I overall found the bass of the Cupid very good and I think it’s one of the best in this price range.
Mid-range is very clean with good clarity and resolution. As I mentioned, they stay safe from the mid-bass area which is very important especially at these price levels. The transparency in the mid department is really good as well, making the Cupid one of the best I’ve heard around 300 $.
Instrumental separation is Cupid’s other strong suit, giving every element in a song in their spared area. That makes the Cupid quite strong when it comes to imaging. I’m really impressed by its ability to present every instrument with great positioning. However, the Cupid suffers from its tonality to a certain degree. In my opinion the tonality is a bit off and thin at times. The timbre also lacks some body and thickness.
To me, the vocals and intruments – altough being very clear with good resolution – don’t have good body and blood in them. It surely is sharp, crisp and lively when it comes to mid presentation. But I personally think the timbre side is not very ideal. Yet, my words shouldn’t be misunderstood in this part. The Cupid has a great midrange performance for the price. I just wanted more since this is an “oBravo” after all.
The treble of the Cupid is quite rich, accentuated and clear. Those cymbals are presented to your ears with a fatigue-free apporach but not without a good transparency and crispness. Just like the bass deparment, highs have very good extension. In contrast to mid-range timbre, the treble is not very thin, which was very nice to find.
The treble overall is sharp, sparkling and it feels very natural. It completes the whole sound nicely with good consistency. Highs also have good level of detail with good resolution and transparency. The Cupid certainly performs great in the treble department and I didn’t find a weakness for its asking price.