The Truth about Crestron VS Savant VS Control4

The Truth about Crestron VS Savant VS Control4

If you are planning to install a Smart Home Automation system in to a residential property you will probably come across Crestron, Savant or Control4. These companies are the three main players in the residential smart home market

People always ask us which one is better, Crestron or Savant or Control4? Here at Monaco, we are constantly evaluating the latest trends in home automation. We studied and look at all of what each system can do in terms of from one room to many rooms integrating audio, video, lighting, shading, security and climate controls.

Is one better than another? What’s really the difference for ME as an end user? Let’s look at each option closely:

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Let’s start with the most popular mid-level home automation system company, Control4.  At first glance, the price seems right – about $800 to start for a small controller and about $300 for a 2-way zigbee remote. Nice!  Right in the sweet spot!  What most people don’t realize is how many buttons you need to press to get to see, hear or control what you want.  The most important part of the user experience is the remote.  Control4 offers two remotes, one with a comically small one-color OLED screen sans graphics, only text and another without any screen whatsoever.  We can dismiss the cheaper remote out of hand because it ONLY operates an on-screen display. Without a TV powered on in the room, it is useless. Most of their of their products are Made in China.

Despite of their incredibly cheap feeling of their remote controls, lighting and keypad devices, we’re still big fan of Control4. Overall, their solutions work flawlessly in smaller Tract Home. Remember, Contro4 is the first company that brought in Smart Home Automation solutions for every Americans and it is equivalent to what Henry Ford has done for the Automotive industry 100 years ago! What they have done is GENIUS!

Our conclusion about Control4:

  • Easy to use and works flawlessly if installed properly in their perfect environment.
  • Cheap feeling of their remotes and keypads
  • Graphic interface looks basic
  • Largest dealer available
  • Suitable for smaller tract home around 2000 sq feet
  • Equivalent to 3 best basic automobile:  Honda, Toyota and Nissan

Pricing

Depending on which features you choose, pricing can be anywhere from $1,000 to more than $50,000. Control4 offers a la carte options, so each package varies based on the customer.

SAVANT

Savant are the relative new kids on the block; they have been making smart home systems for approximately 10 years. Savant have a polished eco system which relies heavily on Apple devices – the user experience is tight and fluid. Programming tends to be more straightforward which can result in a lower cost to install than a truly bespoke Crestron system. The Savant range of products is good – providing whole home audio video, lighting control and intercom integration; iTunes integration is also very tight. If you are a big fan of Apple devices and a user of the Apple ecosystem then Savant can be the logical choice.

The touch and feel of their remotes and keypads are slightly better than Control4; however there is still little bit cheaper feel to it.  Most of their products are Made in China.

Our conclusion about Savant:

  • Easy to use and works flawlessly if installed properly in their perfect environment.
  • Little bit of luxury feeling of their remotes and keypads
  • Graphic interface looks intuitive, except can’t be customized
  • Suitable for medium size semi custom home under 5000 sq feet
  • Equivalent to 3 best quasi-luxury automobile:  Acura, Infinity and Lexus

Pricing

Depending on which features you choose, pricing can be anywhere from $5000 to more than $100,000. Savant offers a la carte options, so each package varies based on the customer.

CRESTRON

Crestron are pioneers of the entire home automation industry; they started supplying solutions over 50 years ago, long before most people had thought of home automation.

The range of solutions is huge from video matrixes to audio amplifiers with lighting control in the middle. Each of their solutions is hugely flexible; for instance the video matrixes can take any video signal and distribute it to any or all outputs at once and the audio system is modular so a mixture of stereo and digital audio signals can be distributed to stereo zones (and stereo zones can be combined together for rooms with more than one pair of speakers or an output can take on the role of a subwoofer).

Lighting Control is another example of flexibility – lamps can be hard wired or wireless and any type of lamp can be controlled. This flexibility ensures complete client satisfaction as we never need to say no – any request can be accommodated. This flexibility means we have controlled everything from fire pits through to irrigation systems with saunas and steam rooms too. The modular nature of a Crestron system allows us to build a system of any size and complexity.

Luxury touch and feel of everything they make. Most of their products are Made in USA.

Our conclusion about Crestron:

  • Easy to use and works flawlessly if installed properly in ANY environments
  • Luxury feeling of their remotes and keypads
  • Graphic interface looks sleek and modern
  • Suitable for any size of Custom Home
  • Perfect for someone who appreciate finer things in life
  • Gold Standard in Smart Home Automation
  • Equivalent  to 3 best true luxury automobile:  Mercedes, BMW and Audi

Pricing

Depending on which features you choose, pricing can be anywhere from $2000 to more than $200,000. Monaco AV has done successful Crestron project ranging from $2000 all the way to $1.5 Million and anything in between!

 

Summary

Any of these three systems will perform a great job of providing a whole home audio video, lighting control , HVAC and Security/ Surveillance in the home. They all have similar pricing and technical merit for everything they do. We think that ultimately it has to do with your Taste, Preference, Expectation and Lifestyle more than anything else. You can’t go wrong with any of these companies.

Let’s face it, our industry is relatively young, compared to many already matured industry such as Automobile or Real Estate.  Everyday we hear that customer mentioned that they have XYZ control system that don’t perform like they expected or XYZ control system is over priced etc.  However, as we diagnose what the real issue is, often time we found out it was combination of poor implementation from the AV integration company and different expectation from the customer itself.  Unlike in mature industry, for example Automobile industry, no one will purchase Toyota and expect the luxury touch,feel and functionality of  Mercedes, or no one wonder why Mercedes is more expensive than Toyota or Lexus or vise versa.

Remember, now it is 2017, there is almost NO bad products out there; they are simply very unique and different. However, special care should definitely be taken to choose an installer who has experience of designing large residential systems. This is THE MOST important aspect of any successful projects.   Choose an A/V installer that understand your taste, preference , expectation and lifestyle. You wouldn’t just go to any doctors or auto mechanics. Trust experience and always trust your gut feeling!

Several key questions that you should consider:

  1. WHAT is size of  the house that you are building? Is it 2000, 5000 or above 10000 square feet? What type of construction, Regular, Custom or Luxury?
  2. WHERE is the property located? Is it in regular suburban neighborhood or in very affluent neighborhood?
  3. WHO are you? Are you a regular user or tech savvy or combination of both? Do you always tend to go with the best or standard solutions?
  4. WHEN are you planning to upgrade the system? Are you okay with basic functionality for now and maybe upgrade it later? What kind of flexibility or robustness you want?
  5.  HOW do you want the system to function? Do you want to have basic feel, touch and functionality or more luxury feel, touch and functionality?

We always recommend the right system to match with your taste, expectation, and lifestyle.  As always, we give you our Best Solutions, Services and Prices that is tailored for you!

We are here to help you with your project. Please call us (626) 395-9597 to discuss!

The Highly Anticipated KEF LS50 Wireless is HERE!

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The highly anticipated KEF LS50 is here,  this speaker will be a game changer for all bookshelf self- powered wireless speakers.

Astounding Multi-Dimensional Sound
LS50 Wireless delivers a clear, accurate and transparent sound that creates an intense, rich, and multi-dimensional soundstage experience. Made possible from its small enclosures through expert acoustic design and state-of-the-art technologies.
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And of course we will have this Highly anticipated LS50 Wireless starting the first part of December.

Demand will OUTWEIGH supply to start with so get your Pre-Order in now……see what’s being said about the LS50 Wireless:

Future-fi now: KEF’s LS50 Wireless active loudspeaker

Reserve yours today, please call us (626) 395-9597 to reserve!

*First come first serve. Not all order will be fulfilled by December 2016.

Smart Home Automation from Alarm.com

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Alarm.com is the leader in Smart Home Security, giving you solutions to monitor, protect and automate your home. More than a smart app or a cool thermostat, Alarm.com seamlessly connects the key devices in your home on one platform — so they work together, and work smarter.

Every solution can be easily customized to your home’s unique configuration and your needs. With our expertise over 10 years on home automation and security, we can ensure you that you are in good hands.

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Smart Home Security

Keep your home and loved ones protected with professionally monitored Smart Home Security. Alarm.com is engineered for reliability so your home stays protected even if the power is out, the phone lines and internet are down, or your panel is smashed. And, you’ll always be connected to what’s happening at home with real-time alerts and remote control through our mobile app.

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Advanced Energy Management

Keep your home comfortable and save energy — no wiring, patching or painting required. Alarm.com Energy Management is professionally installed, and integrates seamlessly into your smart home system. It uses learnings from across your home to provide smarter automation, and can be controlled remotely from your mobile app.

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Video Monitoring

Stay aware of what’s happening at home, even when you’re away with Alarm.com’s interactive Video Monitoring. You’ll never miss a moment of the key activity you care about, thanks to real-time video alerts and peek-in access to live streaming video feeds.

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Premier Smart Home Automation

Upgrade your smart home with simple control and intelligent automation across all of your connected devices, all in one totally integrated system. With Alarm.com, you don’t have to worry about how to install a new device, or how to get your security system and lights to work together. Our professionally installed systems are configured to your home and controlled in one app.

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Please consult your expert (626)395-9597

Finally, a rockin Wireless Home Theater Speakers from Klipsch!

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Introduction

Many of you guys have asked us for the past 11 years about Wireless Home Theater speakers.  We have said that we didn’t have the technology yet or the quality was not there yet. Finally, we are excited to tell you that FINALLY we do have the technology and they are awesome. Let us introduce you to the new Klipsch Reference HD Wireless!

10 Reasons To Get Reference Premiere HD Wireless

The Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers represent a new era for both Klipsch and the audio industry as a whole.

For many people, the introduction of these unique speakers mean a long overdue goodbye to annoyances like complicated AV receivers, processors/amplifiers and speaker wires.

Oh and don’t you worry. Our new HD Wireless speakers will maintain the same legendary acoustic standards Klipsch has always had and perhaps even push them further.

A few months ago, almost every Klipsch employee was treated to a 2.0 demo with the RP-440WF tower speakers and it blew people away. Many left the room commenting that it was pound-for-pound the best demo they had ever heard while working at Klipsch.

We are positive that once you hear these speakers, you will be baffled by what our engineers have done. Once you put them in your home, you won’t believe how quickly they’re ready to rock.

Here are the top ten reasons why you should get Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers.

1. No More AVR RP-HD-Wireless-HD-Control-Center-Lifestyle-2 Monaco AV -social

Seriously. No more clunky and complicated black boxes cluttering up your media console. The HD Control Center has all of the connections you need like HDMI for your external devices like an XBOX or Blu-Ray player. All of the amplification is built right into the speakers.

In the coming years, WiSA technology will be built right into your televisions and homes. Welcome to the future.

2. Plug and Play

We’re betting that most of you could setup a 5.1 HD Wireless system in less than 5 minutes. (We say 15 minutes, but we know you guys are clever.) It’s stupid-easy. You simply plug the speakers in an outlet, set their position by pressing a button on the back of the speaker and follow the instructions on the screen. Boom. Done.

3. Ultra-High Resolution Wireless Sound

We know that when many long-time Klipsch fans hear the term “wireless,” they get a little scared. After all, an HD Wireless system receives up to 24 bit/192kHz and transmits 24 bit/96kHz.

4.High-End Audio

These aren’t just amazing wireless speakers. These are amazing speakers. Period.

These true high-end speakers have audio signals that reside in the digital-domain for the entire audio path. This means that HD Wireless speakers offer accurate phase and frequency response, resulting in superb sound staging realism and depth of image. This makes musical realism precise and holographic like you would expect from our finest passive speakers.RP-HD-Wireless-RP-140WM-Lifestyle-3Monaco AV Klipsch dealer-social

5.Custom-Engineered Drivers and Amplifiers

The great thing about powered speakers is that they give our engineering team greater control over the sound since they are not relying on another company’s AVR. And, boy, did our engineering team really outdo themselves this time!

State-of-the-art drivers and amplifiers are tuned to deliver dynamic range and impact, true to the legend of the Klipsch brand. Whether you’re rocking a 2.0 or a 7.2 HD Wireless system, you are going to be stunned by the sound they create.

6.Flexibility

You can have 2.0 HD Wireless system and keep adding speakers all the way up to 7.2 system – and everything in between. So, whether you are limited by space, the number of speakers your partner allows, apartment living or whatever, there is a HD Wireless system configuration that is right for you.

7. Balanced Out of the Box

Each HD Wireless system comes acoustically balanced right out of the box. You won’t have to fiddle around with calibration to get great sound.Klipsch RP-440WF & RP-440WC & RP-110WSW wireless home theater

8. Future-Proof

It’s scary to pay a lot for electronics. After all, our phones are dinosaurs after a year or two. Speakers shouldn’t be this way.

Once you register your HD Wireless system at http://www.klipsch.com/register/rp-hd-wireless, we will send you free firmware upgrades. This means that your system is going to improve as you add to it!

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Here at Klipsch, we love BIG speakers. Speakers that are almost as tall as you are. Of course, some of you (or your spouse) do not want giant speakers as the focal point of your living room. We get it. Each HD Wireless speaker, whether it be the RP-440WF, RP-140WM, RP-440WC and RP-110SW, is elegantly designed while still being able to deliver room-rattling sound.

10. Copper and Black

There’s just something about that copper and back look that is synonymous with Klipsch Reference and Reference Premiere lines, isn’t there? With the new HD Wireless speakers, you very well may be able to buy happiness…and it’s copper and black.

Please come and experience this amazing set up yourself!

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Dolby Atmos Set Up at Monaco AV Pasadena Showroom!

We are excited to announce that we just upgraded our showroom’s Home Theater room into Dolby Atmos set up! The experience is breathtaking, please visit us and experience it yourself! Stop Listening, Start Experiencing!

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Dolby Atmos has revolutionized cinema sound. Now you can enjoy the same multidimensional experience in your home theater.

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The Dolby Atmos Difference

Sound moves around you in three-dimensional space, so you feel like you’re inside the action. Experience how Dolby Atmos® transports you from the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup

With Dolby Atmos® technology, you have a few options for overhead sound:

  • Ceiling speakers
  • New Dolby Atmos enabled speakers
  • Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar

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Dolby Atmos enabled speakers are specially engineered to direct sound upward, where it reflects off the ceiling to produce an incredibly lifelike re-creation of overhead sound. Dolby Atmos enabled speakers come in two versions:

  • Integrated units that also include traditional forward-firing speakers
  • Add-on modules, containing only the upward-firing elements, that you put on top of your current speakers or on a nearby surface

A Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar includes upward-firing speakers.

While two Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, modules, or overhead speakers will deliver a compelling experience, we recommend using four if possible.

While this setup will deliver a compelling experience, we recommend using four Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, modules, or overhead speakers if possible. This will deliver more precisely located and realistic overhead sounds. Whichever you choose, our guide will show you the recommended placement for the best possible experience.

 Please stop by and ask us for Dolby Atmos Live Demo today!

 Monaco Audio Video is one stop shop specializes in home theater, 5.1 surround sound, custom home theater, dedicated home theater room, media room design, home theater design, premium soundbar, custom home entertainment, best home theater system, best home theater speakers, high end custom home theater and installation, and high end home entertainment. We serve customers from Pasadena, La Canada, San Marino, Glendale, Burbank, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Los Angeles, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Brea, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Irvine, Bradbury and Newport Beach. Monaco is recognized as best audio video company and best home theater installation company in Pasadena, near Los Angeles. 

NEW Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL-X is Available NOW!

ON DISPLAY NOW, READY TO BE AUDITIONED!

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BIGGER. BOLDER. INTRODUCING ELECTROMOTION ESL X

MartinLogan’s new EM-ESL X features a curvilinear XStat electrostatic transducer with a radiating area over 50 square inches larger than the EM-ESL. This new, larger stat panel results in a richly detailed sonic presentation and a more expansive soundstage. EM-ESL X’s new dual woofer design features two 8-inch high-excursion, audiophile-grade, doped-fiber cone woofers with optimized cone suspension to produce big bass output with vanishingly low distortion.

Pricing and Availability

ElectroMotion ESL X speakers start at $3,999.95 per pair (US) and are NOW available.

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Thanks to all team members that make this project possible!

Architect: Alex Chang, Design Inspiration Group, Inc

Contractor/ Builder: Allen Fang, Jaden Construction & Son

Home Theater Designer: Trayce Blake, Cinema Decour

Please contact us for your next dedicated home theater room project!

Dynaudio Confidence C2 on Display at Monaco AV

 

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The Confidence series has been one of the most successful and most acclaimed high-end loudspeaker ranges in the world for nearly two decades. Even the very first Confidence generation of the 1990’s established a benchmark in the authentic reproduction of music.

This latest Confidence Platinum series features Dynaudio’s innovative DDC technology, the legendary Esotar2 tweeter with Precision Coating, select crossover components, and expertly built and elegantly finished cabinets, making it the finest sounding and most distinguished Confidence range yet.

The new Confidence Platinum models have been further refined and incorporate select high-performance drive units and the finest hand-crafted cabinet finishes. Each model features Dynaudio’s outstanding Esotar2 tweeter. In its latest version, the Esotar2 is further optimized via Dynaudio’s Precision Coating, improving the exceptionally smooth high frequency response and ensuring the authentic reproduction of all fine musical details.

The Confidence woofers are also Dynaudio’s finest, incorporating a symmetrical double magnet system, extremely light non-magnetic Kapton voice coil formers and the company’s own MSP cone material. A cross-over filter network with select components and high-quality internal wiring are the finishing touches on the Confidence’s technological design.     Demo unit is available for sale!

Please come and visit us to experience this amazing speakers!

 

Dynaudio Best Slim Bookshelf Wireless Speakers XEO 2

Experience it NOW!

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Introducing the best Dynaudio wireless speakers!

The wireless revolution!
Xeo minimizes your system to the essentials: the audio source and the speakers.
This is the world’s first high-end wireless speaker system, making an amplifier and speaker cables redundant. It combines wireless music playback with the legendary Dynaudio sound quality.

Xeo can be used with any device that plays music: computer, mobile phone, personal player, video system, docking station, network player, CD player, streaming client, TV, Hi-Fi audio system, anything. The music from your computer sounds great. Videos from the internet sound great. Even your smartphone sounds great. Finally.

Because the compact Xeo 4 and the floor-standing Xeo 6 feature the renowned Dynaudio drivers mated to sophisticated integrated digital amplifiers, wireless audio transmission and advanced digital sound processing. Audio critics everywhere have been in awe of what Dynaudio has achieved with the Xeo loudspeakers. Now imagine that within a complete wireless audio system.