If you find the 846 too "in your face" I would definitely avoid the IE800. The top end is a bit overly pronounced for my taste and there's a mid-bass bump.
On the plus side they sound good out of pretty much everything and don't seem to suffer from any impedance issues with their source.
They sound pretty darn good I can't hate on them at all as a matter of fact I'm "still" waiting to get my new pair back that was sent to me being how I brought the shures to see which ones I really liked the most I love both but I do find I'm missing the dynamic drivers I love the mids and bass of the Shure but I do miss that Sennheiser sound especially on the lower end to me it's very nice and sounded great paired with the AK240 .....but then again the shures do too just sound a little closed in to me but all the more personal experience ....iE800 I think would've been perfect for most if the cable was a little longer on the top end and detachable for over the ear as this is how I wear mine and don't have a problem with fit think this is why I liked them as much as I did too very small, compact and big sound...IEM are getting too big for my taste were moving forward into the future and some IEMs are just getting too large...
Edited by dsincere - 6/29/14 at 9:40pm