Introducing Crestron Home OS3

Please check out the latest in Smart Home system from Crestron, coming this late Summer of 2019

Support Multiple Homes

Fast and Intuitive User Interface

This new platform will allow any Crestron installations to be faster, more intuitive and more cost effective, please call us at (626)395-9597 to schedule your consultation!

Introducing URC Total Control Mobile 2.5 App

What is it all about?

Leverage the power of your iPhone smartphone or iPad tablet by turning it in to an amazing handheld controller for your URC® Total Control® 2.0 home automation system. Right from your mobile device easily control and monitor things such as entertainment, lights, security systems, thermostats and more in fast, new ways. Swipe, tap and rotate your way to securely control your equipment!

If you are already running on Total Control 2.0, all you have to do is to download the new app from your favorite App Store.

Please call us if you have any questions!

Please note our new location:

2299 E Foothill Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone: (626) 395-9597

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!

TVSAMSUNGUN55HU8700$2,999$800$2,199
TVSONYXBR49X900F$1,199$949$250
TVSONYXBR55X930E/SONOS LEON $3,498$2,398$1,100
TVSONYXBR65A1E$5,499$2,499$3,000
TVSONYKDL55W950B$1,799$800$999
PROJECTORSONYVPLVW285ES$4,999$3,499$1,500
VIDEO SOURCESSONYUBPX1000ES$799$449$350
VIDEO SOURCESSONYUBPX8004K$299$199$100
RECEIVERSSONYSTRZA3000ES$1,699$999$700
RECEIVERSSONYSTRZA1100ES$999$719$220
RECEIVERSDENONAVR3313CI$1,199$799$400
AV PROCESSORMARANTZAV7703$2,199$1,629$570
AMPLIFIERSPARASOUNDA52+BLACK$3,000$2,400$600
AMPLIFIERSPARASOUNDZONEMASTER650$1,350$975$375
AMPLIFIERSPARASOUNDA21silver  USED$2,495$1,000$1,495
INTEGRATED AMPPEACHTREENOVA150GEMOCHA$1,699$1,299$400
INTEGRATED AMPKRELLVANQUARDDIGMOD$5,998$3,999$1,999
INTEGRATED AMPPRIMALUNAPROLOGUEINTAMPB$2,399$1,999$400
INTEGRATED AMPMARANTZCD5005$399$319$80
INTEGRATED AMPPRIMALUNAPROCLSCDSIL$2,499$1,999$500
AUDIO SOURCESSONYHAPZ1ES$1,999$1,799$200
AUDIO SOURCESDYNAUDIOXEO2SB$1,299$949$350
AUDIO SOURCESKEFLS50WNOCTURNE$2,499$1,999$500
SPEAKERSSONOSPLAY1BLK  x 2$199$129$70
SPEAKERSSONOSONEBLACK$199$179$20
SPEAKERSSONOSPLAY5iiBLACK$499$429$70
SPEAKERSKLIPSCHTHETHREECAPEBN$449$389$60
SPEAKERSDYNAUDIOEMIT30SB pair$1,900$1,300$600
SPEAKERSDYNAUDIOEXCITEX14WHT pair$1,499$819$620
SPEAKERSDYNAUDIOEXCITEX14ROS pair$1,499$1,099$400
SPEAKERSDYNAUDIOEXCITEX18WLNT pair$1,799$1,399$400
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
SPEAKERSKEFVENTURA5 pair$299$219$80
SPEAKERSMARTIN LOGANMOTIONSLM$499$349$150
SPEAKERSMARTIN LOGANSLMXL pair$1,398$988$410
SPEAKERSMARTIN LOGANMOTION15GB pair$799$599$200
SPEAKERSMARTIN LOGANESLXHGB pair$4,499$3,299$1,200
POWER CENTERFURMANELITE15DMI$459$349$110
POWER CENTERFURMANELITE15PFI$699$559$140
POWER CENTERMONSTER POWERMPHDP2500 x 3$499$389$110
POWER CENTERPANAMAXM4315PRO$649$519$130
POWER CENTERPANAMAXM5300PM$539$419$120
FURNITUREBDIAVION8927WLN$1,995$1,395$600
FURNITUREBDINORASLIM8239SE$2,245$1,195$1,050
FURNITUREBDISIGNAL8323WLN$1,799$929$870
FURNITUREBDISONDA8656WLN$1,275$765$510
FURNITUREBDIVERTICA8558CWAL$2,399$1,699$700
FURNITURESANUSNFAV230M1$299$224$75
FURNITURESANUSSFA29B1$269$179$90
FURNITURESANUSNFA245C1$349$239$110

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!