yes they are better. i heard the 936 vs the old 920. but you can get the 920s so cheap right now. the 920s are just a great bargin. if it worth it to you to spend the money they do sound better though.
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I must say that I have not heard the new 936 or 946. But, I own the 920.1 and can tell you that this is just an amazing speaker and in terms of getting the most sound for your money it is just the best that I know of. Since the model have been discontinued, you may be able to find these speakers new or almost new for 50% of the original price (which is 5K). Since the new line is very expensive (I believe that the 946, which is the equivalent of the 920, costs $7500). So, to sum up, unless you have a lot of money to invest in this hobby grab the 920.1 and invest the money you saved in quality electronics and cables. Hope that helps. Please email me if you have any questions regarding the 920.1
Actually, I have the 905 and the Electra Sub. I like the 905 very much but the problem is I can not make the 905 and sub going together. I'm tied of moving around so I plan to change to floor stand. I think it's good idea to save money on 920.1. Do you think the 920.1 works well in small room 12'W x 15'W X 8'H in (any base problem)?
It works great for me and my room is about your size. The only thing it that they sound better if you place them at least 2' from the wall. I am using the 905 as surrounds and extremely happy with the 920.1. You'll save a lot of money compared to the new line. Also, I dont think that you will need a sub for music - the 920 have excellent tight base.
I compared the 926 to the 915.1 recently. Both fine speakers, but the 926 seemed to do everything just a little bit better. Faster, more detail, more transparency, wider soundstaging and tighter bass. And oh my, what a beautiful midrange. The dealer offered me a new pair of 926s with some cosmetic damage to the cabinets(a few noticeable scratches, but mechanically fine) for $2500. I took the 926s and the Cobalt 816s-the equivalent to the 926 in the next line down-both home for an audition and the Cobalts actually sounded better in my system. But thats with an NAD C541 cdp and an NAD C350 integrated amp. My electronics just didn't do the Electras justice. But boy did they sound sweet through the YBA gear at the dealer. So anyhow, I bought the Cobalts and put the money I saved towards a Planet 2000 which I just ordered and should get by the end of next week. And a month later, they still have the same pair of 926s on the floor. Go figure.
If money's not an issue I do think that the new Electras are better, but if you can get a substantial discount on the older ones I would not hesitate. Of course, its critical to evaluate in the context of your own system as I recently learned. Let us know what you end up buying