Thanks. So it sounds like I should be ok since I was able to get the 880’s to an acceptable level with the gain set to high on the Verza.
I really liked what I heard from the dt880’s and almost bought them but I want to hear the MD’s first. I will be using them for mostly metal. I like bass but from what I read a little eq and the bass boost on the Verza should satisfy that need. Plus I have the m100s when I want to go overkill. They just don’t do it for me with some of my metal.
Honestly (and the way I like tp hear metal/hard-rock) I feel the MDs lack that extra bite in the treble to make such music fully engaging.
Unless the Verza has a very forward sound, the resulting sound might be too polite.
Again, that's my preference for this particular genre. I actually like the HE-4 for hard rock and metal because it is really fast and slightly forward in the treble (yes, it is bright/airy but also warmish, like all the Hifimans, YMMV). It's not the best pairing for the other genre and I would reach my 5LEs and Mad Dogs more often.
You might well fall for all the goods the Mad Dogs have to offer (details, balance, dark(ish) voicing, ...). One of the very strong point of the MDs is that they are both resolving and absolutely non-sibilant. This might suit poorely recorded Metal song and make them listenable ;)
Edited by Clemmaster - 3/31/13 at 2:01pm