I must say, this greatly surprises me that it's even a competition, for $500 more you would expect the 846 to take every category fairly decisively . Are you using the default cord for both? Have you let the 846 burn in?
I wonder how a normal non LTD compares to both of these
I have JH RoxanneS but I was eyeing the 846 as my next purchase, now I'm not so sure
I'd agree with 846 does have a veil to them that takes a good while to burn away.
As for the difference between the standard and LTD there's NO difference sonically the LTD are simply the red color and come with 2 mic cables instead of the standard cable for an extra $50