And comparing vmoda to any fostex t50 variant (LFF or maddog) is kind of pointless considering how not portable they are
It's kind of like comparing Chinese food to Mexican. Both can be delicious when eaten in proper context.
IMO but from my experience with vmodas(m80,lp2,m100) if you listen to music at moderate levels the mids can be recessed but at louder levels I would say that's not the case at all. ALSo depends on your source and amp. My fiio e17 sounds rather soft and honky in comparison to to the x3 or my schitt magni+modi, even my lp2 which some people say has muddy mids almost sounds neutral out of the schitt combo,and not the case when plugged into the e17 at all, lots of people would say that m100s don't need amping wich is absolutely true, they don't NEED IT, I would say they sound drastically better with a good amp and can have very different sound with different sources/ amps