Buyer Beware, Home Theater & Smart Home Installation 101

Integrating audio video and technology into your home or commercial building can be very rewarding if you do it right the first time around. However, it can almost be a nightmare if it is not done properly.  There are many companies out there that claim they are experts in the Audio Video field. These are 3 MUST check lists before you spend your hard earned money on your next audio video project:

  1. Please check if they have a VALID Contractor License:  https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx
    By California Law, any projects $500 or more, you must have a valid Contractor License, to be exact a minimum of C7 Low Voltage License. The process of getting this Contractor License is very simple, all you have to do is have around 10 years experience in the field, pay $250 registration fee and take a very simple test.  This will show the commitment from the company you are about to hire.  Most of A/V Integration companies don’t even have what is required by the State; this will show how committed these companies in these field, let alone your project. Monaco Audio Video & Automation Specialists  carry valid Contractor License number 877749. HOME THEATER AND AUTOMATION BUSINESS ARE BOOMING NOW, AND MANY UNQUALIFIED SO-CALLED EXPERTS WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY. Would you let anyone who doesn’t have a valid Driver License drive your beloved family across town?CEDIA CRESTRON CERTIFIEDMonaco AV Wall Of Certification from State of California, CEDIA, ISF, Crestron, Krell
  2. Please ask them if they have done similar AV project like yours:
    In this tough economy, if you have a good size project, many companies out there are eager to get your business anyway necessary, although they may have never done anything close to your project size.  They may try to win your project by giving you a much lower cost and expectation of empty promises; however 95% of so called Audio Video Specialists can’t complete the project once they realize your project is just beyond the scope of their capabilities.  The best way to spot this company is to ask them how much your project should cost, if they can’t answer you within 5 min, they NEVER done anything like your project. Monaco Audio Video & Automation Specialists have completed projects ranging from a basic few thousands dollars home entertainment to $2 million highly complex Audio Video solutions.  Rest assure Monaco Audio Video & Automation Specialists can handle and complete your next AV project in timely manner to you satisfaction. MOST OF THE SO-CALLED EXPERT ARE NOTHING BUT TV MOUNTING INSTALLERS.  DO A GOOGLE SEARCH, AND TYPE IN “HOME THEATER INSTALLATION” AND YOU WILL SEE THOUSAND OF OVERNIGHT EXPERTS. Remember, don’t let anyone take advantage of your hard earned money.
  3. Please ask your AV specialist if they have Direct Accounts with the manufacturers:
    Most of A/V Integration companies out there are not qualified to purchase high-end products directly from the Manufacturers, so they have to purchase products from local distributors. The downside to this is, whenever the A/V companies needs any supports or warranty issue, they may not be able to call the manufacturers directly. You may not be able to get your unit replaced or repaired in timely manner if at all.  We at Monaco Audio Video & Automation Specialists have direct account with the top manufacturers in this field today such as; Crestron, URC, BOSE, Sony, KEF, Klipsch, Sonance, SONOS, Monster Cables,  and many, many more. If the manufacturers don’t trust these companies to have a direct relationship with them, why would you spend your hard earned money with these companies?

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We here at Monaco Audio Video & Automation Specialists are committed to give you the best possible solutions, service and price for your next project. Our relationship will not end once you give us your final payment; we will always be there for you every step of the way.

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