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With a spa pool and an ocean view, this homeowner wanted to finish off his backyard haven with a fully-integrated entertainment system. Simply Sight & Sound, a CEDIA member in Huntington Beach, California, was
contracted to design and install a backyard AV system that was controlled via iPhones and iPads; enabled video, DirecTV and streaming music; and blended seamlessly and naturally as possible into the backyard.

Customer Wish-List

  • Preserving the View: With a beautiful ocean view accentuated by city lights in the background, it was very important to the client not to add anything that would disturb the ambiance of the backyard.
  • Respecting neighbor boundaries: While the client wanted to cover the whole backyard area with sound, the design and layout had to be done in a way that didn't disturb neighbors and disturb their own backyard havens.


Identifying a hidden installation for mounting the TV that fit with the customer's wishes was a challenge in itself. Several iterations were proposed before the client landed on a solution.

The Solutions

  • TV Enclosure: Simply Sight & Sound worked closely with the client's general contractor to move some of the spa equipment and piping to accommodate a 70" Sharp LED TV that was affixed to a swivel lift inside a weatherproof enclosure. The unique location of the enclosure makes it appear as if the TV disappears into the spa when not in use.
  • Outdoor Sound Performance: Five yard speakers were installed for occasions when the client is entertaining and wants sound to be heard throughout the backyard. Positioned on custom-built telescoping mounts, the yard speakers can be raised or lowered, as needed, from behind an adjacent retaining wall. For everyday viewing, Simply Sight & Sound attached two speakers to the TV. This allows the client to hear the TV over the spa jets without having to turn the yard speakers.
  • Housing Rack: All the source AV equipment and the control system were installed inside the main house.
  • One-Button Control: With the touch of a total control button, the LED TV rises from what appears to be the center of the infinity spa. Once raised, the client can watch DirecTV, Blu-ray movies, or AppleTV with the press of one button. Likewise, one button shuts down the whole backyard system and lowers the LED TV into its weatherproof housing.

Project Partners

Home Improvement Specialty
Dana Point, CA
(949) 465-6965
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Home Technology Professional
Simply Sight & Sound, Inc.
6551 Marilyn Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647 | USA
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