Can't speak on the vmoda, but the 1R's are tossed away by the mad dogs. The MDR1R seemed consumerish. There was a lot of sloppy bass, really good looking, and a thin sounding mid range and rolled off treble. The MD have a similar sound in terms of a bit of a bass bump, but are still well rounded and neutral. Mids are transparent and highs are clear. I'd easily pick the MD, but they aren't as portable and probably don't seal as well.