Smart Home Tips

The landscape of Home Tech Experts, Integrators, A/V guys, Installers, Technologists, or whatever you want to call them, has been rocky. In Southern California, 20 years ago, we had about less than 50 companies and they all specialized in Custom Home, now we have about 7000 companies in all sizes and specialties. Unlike medicine, law, or architecture, there exists no real qualification process to open a business and call oneself a “home technology professional”. This low to no barrier of entry has resulted in countless sub-par technology experiences for consumers. This problem has plagued the home technology industry for decades. Everyone has suffered. Consumers own homes that they cannot operate, manufacturer’s names are sullied, and qualified home technology firms are faced with an untrusting public.

Historically, homeowners have chosen firms based on price or the personality of a salesperson. Sometimes the company was referred by a builder or architect. Typically, consumers have not done much due diligence on prospective technology installation firms, and the selection process has been confusing. This confusion has led to hiring the wrong company, bad system design, and bad technology implementation.

The company that did an amazing job on your cousin’s 1,500 sq ft home may not be the right company to outfit your 10,000 sq. ft estate, and vice versa. The first step of a successful home technology project is hiring the right company. This is also easily the most important ingredient in the recipe for success.

Here are some helpful tips in choosing the right home technology firm:

1 – Understand Your Budget

Some firms specialize in projects of $600K and above, others are great at projects between $10 – 20K. Typically, the really good firm that specializes in $20K projects is not equipped for the $600K project, and the $600K specialist may not be interested in the $20K project. You want a firm that has the most experience at your budget level. So, how do you determine your budget? This is a difficult task for homeowners with a limited knowledge of technology. Here are some basic guidelines: On a new construction project or a major remodel, expect to spend between 4 – 8% of the home’s value on your home’s technology installation. You will be on the higher end of the spectrum in regions where home costs are lower (Houston, Atlanta, Utah, etc.) and on the lower end of the spectrum where real estate costs are high (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc.).  We have a proven metric system to calculate what the appropriate budget for your project is to maximize your enjoyment and Return of Investment.  Do not be alarmed if your budget range comes as a surprise. We have found that most homeowners spend 2.5x the original number they had in their head for home technology.

2 – Hire a Firm that Specializes in Homes of Your Size and Value

Budget is not the only guideline. Also consider the size and value of homes the firm specializes in. The complexity and fit/finish expectations of a 15,000 square foot custom home are wildly different than a 3,000 square foot production home. Technology systems do not “scale” in a linear way; the larger the home, the complexity increases exponentially. Find a firm that matches up nicely to your home size, and more importantly, your home value. In our dealer profiles, we show you these statistics. Hiring a firm that is out of their wheelhouse is the single biggest mistake homeowners make.

3 – Assess your Service Needs

Unlike an electrician or a framer who you rarely see after the home is finished, your technology specialist will be a fairly regular visitor to your home. Technology is imperfect and changes constantly, so you need to choose a firm that gives you the level of service responsiveness you require. Are you ultra-demanding and expect immediate service when there is a hiccup, or can you live without technical perfection for a few days? Home technology installation companies handle service in different ways. Here are the things to look for:

  • Does the company have a dedicated service department? This indicates a commitment to after-the-sale customer service.
  • Who handles the service call? Do you get a service technician, or is it a small company where the owner is also the one to service you? Which do you prefer? 
  • Does the company offer 24-hour service for that evening or weekend problem? 
  • Does the company offer same day service for emergencies?

4 – Find a personality fit

This will be a long-term relationship, so be sure to hire someone you feel comfortable with. If you do not feel the main person you will be dealing with is a fit, abandon ship. Also, understand the firm size and pick a good fit for you. If you only ever want to deal with the owner, a small boutique firm of under 10 people is best. If you desire a larger firm that has a team of specialists, look for those firms with 20+ employees.

We suggest that you use these criteria as a start to select who you will interview. Pick three firms and get to know them, their approach, and what makes them different from their competition. This is a good starting point, though we encourage you to do your own reference checks as well.

We are specialized in Custom Home larger than 5000 sq feet, over $500/sq feet in property value. Our primary focus is to serve Homeowners in Professional field: Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers and Domestic/ International Business Owner who wants to enhance their security, comfort and convenience in their custom dream home with Smart Home Technology. Our service area include Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada, Arcadia, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Hollywood Hills, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Bradbury Estate and Newport Beach.

Remember, this is just the beginning, exciting and more technology will come ahead! Good luck on building your dream Custom Home!

Moving Sale

We are excited to annouce that we are moving to a new location next month! Everything in our showroom must go. Help us by enjoying deep discounts on all floor models.  All Audio components, Video components and even some of our furniture and fixtures are for sale. Make us an offer!

TVSONYXBR55X930E/SONOS LEON $3,498$2,398$1,100
AV PROCESSORMARANTZAV7703$2,199$1,629$570
AMPLIFIERSPARASOUNDA21silver  USED$2,495$1,000$1,495
SPEAKERSDYNAUDIOEMIT30SB pair$1,900$1,300$600
SPEAKERSKEFQ150BLK pair$550$470$80
SPEAKERSKEF Q150BLK Q750WHT pair$1,498$1,198$300
SPEAKERSKEFLS50BLK pair$1,499$1,099$400
SPEAKERSKEFR11WALNUT pair$4,999$3,999$1,000

Crestron Lighting Guide for Architect and Specifier

Crestron Lighting Guide for Architect and Specifier Made Simple

Step 1: Determine the lighting load

  1.  For Electronic low-voltage, LED, incandescent, tungsten-halogen, electronic CFL, 2-wire fluorescent ballast, please choose: CLW-DELVEX-P Cameo® Wireless In-Wall Dimmer, ELV, 120V, $270 each (or $230 each for the Express version, non 3 way application)
  2.  For Incandescent/ Tungsten Halogen and Magnetic Low Voltage up to 750 Watts, please choose: CLW-DIMEX-P Cameo® Wireless In-Wall Dimmer, $230 each (or $180 for Express version, non 3 way application)
  3.  For 0-10 Volt fluorescent ballast or LED driver (4 wire) loads, please choose: CLW-DIMFLVEX In-Wall 0-10V Dimmer, 120V, $200 each

Step 2:  If you need a slave/ remote dimmer for 3 way or 4 way application, please add:

CLW-SLVU-P Cameo® In-Wall Remote Dimmer, 120V, $120 each

Step 3: Choose the Brain/ Processor

Pyng Hub (OS1) for lighting, shading and climate control only $599

CP3R (OS2) for lighting, shading, climate, audio video, pool, security $1800

Please contact us for more information

High End THX Home Entertainment Theater Project

Another High-End THX Home Theater project by Monaco AV in Arcadia, Los Angeles County

Scope of work: creating a high performance home entertainment with simple to use iPhone/iPad control for the whole family

Before after home theater installation by monaco av Pasadena Los Angeles

Please call us (626) 395-9597 to schedule your in-home consultation!

KEF 2018 Holiday Promotion

You’re invited for a special LS50 and close-out sale on KEF speakers!

Inventory is limited, so take advantage of this rare in-store promotion on LS50 Series and R-Series KEF speakers.        

Visit us this week to listen to award winning KEF sound and get your KEF speakers, up to half off regular prices! 

Fall 2018 Clearance

As we are getting ready for this Fall season, here is your great opportunity to get some clearance/ demo products at substantial savings. Quantity is LIMITED, First Come First Serve, LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Brand  Model Type MSRP Demo SAVE! 
Sony XBR55X930E TV $2,299 $1,499.99 $800
Sony XBR75X940E TV $5,999 $2,989 $3,010
Sony XBR65A1E TV $5,499 $2,949 $2,550
Sony KDL55W950B TV $1,999 $999 $1,000
Samsung UN55HU8700 TV $3,499 $1,199 $2,300
Dynaudio CONTOUR25CREG Center Speaker $3,500 $2,500 $1,000
KEF LS50GLOSSBLACK Speaker Pair $1,499 $1,199 $300
KEF R300PIANOBLACK Speaker Pair $1,799 $1,199 $600
KEF R500WHITE Speaker Pair $2,599 $1,799 $800
KEF R700PIANOBLACK Speaker Pair $3,599 $2,649 $950
Martin Logan MOTIONSLM Center Speaker $499 $319 $180
Martin Logan SLMXL Speaker Pair $1,399 $999 $400
Krell VANGUARDDIGMOD Integrated Amp $5,999 $3,999 $2,000
Parasound P5BLACK Pre Amp $1,095 $895 $200
Parasound A21SIL (USED) Amplifier $2,495 $1,249 $1,246
Parasound HALOINTAMPBLK Integrated Amp $2,495 $1,949 $546
Peachtree NOVA150GEMOCHA IntegratedAmp $1,699 $1,499 $200
Klipsch R15PMTTBUNDLE Turntable System $799 $539 $260

Any many more, ask showroom manager for details!

KEF New R Series So Cal Launch

The WAIT is Over! It’s HERE Now!

Its MONACO’s 13th Anniversary – Help us Celebrate! Please join us Saturday October 13th for our in-store celebration featuring PRIZES and special PROMOTIONS only available in store! Plus experience SoCal’s first listening event featuring KEF’s brand new R Series line of high performance speakers – Listen in and get a FREE GIFT from KEF valued at $90 and other cool audio and music prizes!

This is a SPECIAL LIMITED ONE Day Event only! Saturday, Oct 13th from 10AM-5PM.

We have selected to partner with a local nonprofit organization, Reform Through Education.  As part of our anniversary and special Event we want to make a change in society and are going to donate 5% of our revenues during this special Event to this cause.   Reform Through Education is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that uses effective education and music programs to create opportunities for underprivileged youth.  Reform Through Education transforms at risk impoverished youth into skilled self-sufficient, productive members of society who are aware of their human rights and have the opportunity to live happy, productive lives as educated citizens of society.

Thank you for your support and see you all this Saturday! 

13th Year Anniversary Customer & Community Appreciation Event


Our Story

It all started when a young Larry Weiss experienced a high performance audio demo 21 years ago at one of the high-end AV stores in Seattle. As a music and movie lover, he never knew a high performance audio system consisting of Electrostatic Speakers and pure Class A Amplification could give such a lifelike sound. At that moment, he knew that he fell in love with something special and decided to get involved with the business. The rest is history!

Thank You!

This September 2018, as we celebrate MONACO’s 13th Year Anniversary, we would like to give a sincere thank you to all our clients! We are truly grateful that you have chosen us as your service provider and for giving us the opportunity to grow. None of our achievements would have been possible without you and your unwavering support. We wish you a great year ahead!

Client Appreciation Promotion

We are still doing business the same way from day one: providing a world class customer experience by guaranteeing our Best Solutions, Best Services and the Best Prices!  We believe we can only achieve that with continued care, training, education and your great support.

As a token of our appreciation, from September 15th-29th 2018, we are offering special upgrade or new system incentives to our existing clients, friends and families. For example, some of you may want to control your home entertainment from your iPhone or iPad.  You may want to add a Sonos wireless music system to specific rooms in your home or upgrade your TV audio. The choice is yours.  We are here to help you with this.  Come in to the showroom, let us know what you like to do and we will offer you some significant savings on the upgrade*.

Giving Back

We have selected to partner with a local nonprofit organization, Reform Through Education.  As part of our anniversary we want to make a change in society and are going to donate 5% of our revenues during this September 15-29 promotion to this cause.   Reform Through Education is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that uses effective education and music programs to create opportunities for underprivileged youth.  Reform Through Education transforms at risk impoverished youth into skilled self-sufficient, productive members of society who are aware of their human rights and have the opportunity to live happy, productive lives as educated citizens of society.

DATE: Sept 15th – Sept 29th, 2018


We appreciate your support. We also encourage you to forward this message to your friends. We would love the opportunity to meet and serve them.  We will be having 2 very special in-store promotions (YES – you will have to be in the store to take advantage of this) with our Charity partner – Reform Through Education. Watch for dates and times – coming soon.

Please stop by our showroom for details!

*This is a special limited time promotion. Upgrade promotions will vary and will be typically between 10-25% off MSRP.  Some upgrades will be handled on a case per case basis; we reserve the right to cease this promotion at our discretion.


Sleek and Modern Smart Home Solution with Voice Control

Make Your Home a Smart Home with the Original Maker of Universal Remote!

It’s easy to create the smart home of your dreams with Total Control 2.0. Premium touchscreens, remote controls, keypads and mobile apps deliver intuitive one-touch control of your interior and exterior spaces. Professionally-programmed scenes such as Good Morning, Welcome Home, Movie Time and Goodnight unify and streamline your daily activities.

Whether you are remodeling your home or if you just have a basic universal remote control system, we can offer or upgrade you to URC Smart Home Automation solution.


Create the ultimate family living and entertaining experience with Total Control 2.0. Build a dedicated home theater with top-of-the-line speakers and premium electronics – or outfit your family room with the latest tech gear. Install a whole-house entertainment system to share AV content from room to room. Enjoy personalized Favorite Channels and Shortcuts menus – plus custom onscreen graphics.

Game Time: When it’s time for the game, simultaneously illuminate the pathway to your front door, crank up the TV and stream play-by-play audio throughout your home with one touch of your in-wall touchscreen.

Total Control DMS multi-zone amplifiers and streaming network players deliver high-quality, uncompressed audio from your TV, premium AV components, streaming services and personal music collection. Install a distributed audio system for instant access to your favorite music indoors and out. Select your sources, navigate your playlists and see cover art on your touchscreens, remotes and apps. DMS music system is compatible with any Sonos wireless audio system.

Party Time: Set the perfect outdoor entertaining scene to get the party started with your good friends, favorite songs and multi-color LED pool lighting.


A premium smart home lighting system is sure to enhance the style, comfort and safety of your house. Precisely control your kitchen, home theater, bedroom and hallway lighting for everyday convenience. Illuminate your front porch, driveway, backyard and pool for ambiance and peace of mind. Enjoy intuitive one-touch control with URC touchscreens, remotes, keypads and apps – even voice commands.

Welcome Home: Never come home to a dark house with Total Control. Turn on interior and exterior lighting with handy one-touch app control and pre-programmed automated scenes.


Make your home more comfortable and energy efficient with Total Control. Your trained URC systems integrator will program your system to deliver the ideal heating and cooling settings – day-to-day and season-to-season. Total Control is so versatile that you can even use it to control and automate your pool, spa or sprinkler system. Save energy while you are away with automated temperature scenes.

Good Morning: Wake up every day to the ideal temperature, soft lighting, the morning news and the aroma of coffee brewing in the kitchen – made possible by your amazing Total Control system.


Whether it’s time to start your day, watch a movie or retire for the night, you will enjoy the convenience of one-touch shade control. Raise, lower and tilt your motorized blinds and shades with just one touch, or experience precisely automated scenes that respond based on time, day, light or temperature to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all day long.

Movie Time: Gather family and friends for an impromptu movie night. Lower the shades, dim the lights, set the temperature and start the movie with just one touch.


Lock the doors, close the garage and arm the security system with a single touch. View live video from integrated door stations and security cameras from your Total Control touchscreens, remotes and apps. Communicate with visitors at the front door or family members in other rooms using the built-in, high-resolution video intercom. Even use the mobile app to remotely open the door for a family member, friend or delivery.

Goodnight: Turn off the whole house and view live security camera video from your master bedroom at the end of the day.

We are confident you will be pleased with this new and modern Smart Home Automation solution. For Limited Time * only, we are offering a special promo for any previous clients to upgrade your system.

Please contact us (626) 395-9597 to discuss your upgrade option.

*Offer expires September 30th, 2018