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

Differences in Dedicated Home Theater


When it comes to Dedicated Home Theater/ Private Cinema, there are 3 factors that will determine the budget and performance:

  1. Acoustical Panels (the look , feel and sound of the room)
  2. Theater Electronics (speakers, movie server, BluRay Player, Amplifier etc)
  3. Theater Seating (number of chairs and quality of the chairs)


For example: in typical 25’x20’ (500 square feet) theater

Luxury Home Theater Level I $150K (GOOD)

  1. Acoustical Panels: Stretch Fabric acoustical panel, no millwork
  2. Theater Electronics : Imported In-Wall Speakers hidden behind the acoustical panel and Japanese electronics engine and amplification, Dolby Digital 5.1 system
  3. Theater Seating: American material, overseas assembled non motorized chairs with luxury fabric

Equivalent to Mercedes C Class


Luxury Home Theater Level II 195K (BETTER, Our Most Popular)

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.

  1. Acoustical Panels: Engineered Acoustical Panel, Custom Millwork and Fiber Optic Ceiling
  2. Theater Electronics : USA Made Cinema performance speakers and American electronics engine and amplification, Dolby Digital / DTS 7.1 system
  3. Theater Seating: USA Made non motorized/ standard motorized chairs with luxury leather

Equivalent to Mercedes E Class


Luxury Home Theater Level III 250K (BEST)

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.

  1. Acoustical Panels: Engineered Acoustical Panel with Luxury Fabric with motorized drapes like commercial cinema, Custom Millwork & Bar and High End Fiber Optic Ceiling
  2. Theater Electronics : USA Made High End Cinema performance speakers and High End American or European custom electronics engine and amplification, Dedicated Movie Server (skip Preview, no wait time), Dolby Atmos/ DTS  1.2  system
  3. Theater Seating: 100% USA Made Motorized chairs with high end luxury leather that can be adjusted to any position.

Equivalent to Mercedes S Class


Note: Above illustration is only for general information only, since Dedicated Home Theater is truly CUSTOM project, Client can mix and match the different level that fit their needs, lifestyle and budget.


Best Solutions:  When it comes to the latest home entertainment and automation, EXPERIENCE & KNOLWLEDGE matters.   Our SIMPLE, yet SYSTEMATIC approach will guarantee your Best Solutions that will match perfectly to your taste, expectations and budget.  We have been providing Audio Video and Technology solutions to many satisfied customers, ranging from several thousand to multi-million dollar projects. Remember, Best Solutions may NOT always be the Most Expensive.  Trust our experience and expertise and let us design your next system!

Best Services: With the Best Solutions possible, we guarantee your system, from simple to complex, will work properly for many years to come.  All of the systems we have put together more than a decade ago are still running till this day.  We respond to most Service Calls within 24 hours and most issues can be solved over the phone or email.  We regularly attend advanced training and seminars to polish our skills to provide you with the BEST SERVICES Possible!

Best Prices: Of course, price matters! No one likes to overpay for anything.  That’s why we guarantee BEST PRICES, to offer you the absolute LOWEST COST OF OWNERSHIP.  Our unique approach and great partnerships with many top manufacturers will assure you the best possible pricing. If you have a competitive quote/ bid, let us match it or beat it; if we can’t, we will give you $100 Amazon gift card or 1% of the total project cost*, whichever greater.

Best Solutions, Services and Prices, Guaranteed!  Not just a slogan; let us prove it to you. Call us (626) 395 9597 or better yet, stop by our showroom in the beautiful City of Pasadena.

*Quote/ Proposal must be from an Authorized Dealer and represents a good faith estimate and working system.



Top 10 Reasons to add Crestron Lighting and Shades into Your Home

Illuminate your life with brilliant automated lighting solutions from Crestron. Instantly set the mood with controls that can make a reception area feel more inviting, an outdoor area feel safer, or a living room feel cozier — all at the touch of a button. Crestron can connect luxury residential lighting systems to provide greater control and lower energy usage in your custom home.

Imagine opening or closing an entire wall of window treatments at the touch of a button. It’s possible with Crestron shading solutions. Presets can ensure the perfect amount of light is allowed in throughout the day, creating rooms that are always as cool, comfortable and bright as you want them to be. One touch, from within your home or away from it, can recall the perfect lighting schemes for entertaining, relaxing, reading, watching TV or shutting everything off just before bed.

If you think you don’t need a smart lighting and shading system for your home in 21st century, think again! Here are 10 big reasons to upgrade to the 21st century lighting and shades:

Please come by our Pasadena showroom or call us 626-395-9597 to add Crestron lighting and shades into your home!

Please ask for our Special  Promo for Lighting and Shades!

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:


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


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 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


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 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 & most secured in Smart Home Automation
  • Equivalent  to 3 best true luxury automobile:  Mercedes, BMW and Audi


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!



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. Prices are very similar for all those system now. 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 2019, 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!


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.

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


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.


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