When president of Simply Sight & Sound, Inc., Jeff Cooper, first got the call to help update an existing, basic backyard Audio / Video system, the homeowner of this luxury Laguna Beach home had a request. He needed an easy-to-use control system that would enhance his lifestyle without compromising the breathtaking ocean views. To deliver an al fresco AV experience that was both practical and magical, Cooper immediately thought of URC's Total Control®.
"There was no doubt that Total Control was the way to go," says Jeff Cooper. "We knew it could give our client the newfound ability to view Blu-ray, AppleTV and DIRECTV content plus stream music easily via one-touch automation whether through Apple iPhones® and iPads® or URC Total Control remotes - all from components hidden from view within the home."
As part of the overall renovation, Cooper proposed that a TV lift with weatherproof enclosure be installed behind a retaining wall just beyond the pool with the help of a general contractor. A far cry from the homeowner's original vision of adding a mounted outdoor TV on the rear of the house with speakers in a planter, he was excited to explore the capabilities of the proposed system as the project progressed. Thanks to Total Control, with just one button press, the 70-inch Sharp LED TV appears to rise from inside the pool and retreats out of view with another button press. To easily control sound levels, the backyard was divided into three separate areas or 'zones'. The first for the two Artison Portrait speakers flanking the sides of the TV for normal TV viewing and the remaining areas for the two other sets of speakers that can be turned on individually elsewhere in the yard. With the addition of a URC DMS-1200 Multi-Zone Amplifier and URC's MRX-10 Controller tucked away discreetly in a rack inside the home's media room, the homeowner can enjoy his favorite TV shows, music and movies from anywhere in nine distinct areas throughout the inside and outside of the home.
Al Fresco AV that Wows
The end result is an overall top-notch entertainment experience that includes the dramatically enhanced sound the homeowner was looking for, now controllable using URC's TRC-1280 Wi-Fi Remote and iDevices he already uses every day, via URC's mobile app, all for a lower cost than competing systems. "I love being able to press one button to have the entire system go into a predetermined party mode," says the homeowner. "It's pretty nice to have the TV seemingly rise magically from behind the pool, automatically turn on and then start audio in all predetermined areas. Then when I heard I wouldn't need a separate remote for the TV lift and everything would be one-press automation, it was a no-brainer for me."
In addition to providing a fantastic home automation solution, the system was installed on time and within budget. "With URC Total Control, we were able to efficiently build the system consisting of audio and media devices and get it up and running quickly," says Cooper. "Programming Total Control allowed for quick deployment of the system. It was easy to make changes as needed, provide custom graphics and update button labeling on each iPhone, iPad and URC remote interface to match the client's needs. By truly listening to the client and working with him as a team, we really ended up with a great installation. It's awesome because both of us especially enjoy the WOW factor. Everyone that's seen it has yelled, 'WOW!' when they see the TV coming up from behind that wall."
- Apple TV
- Airport Express Wireless Access Points
- Denon Multi-Zone Surround Sound Receiver
- Samsung Streaming Blu-ray Player
- Gefen Dolby Digital-to-Analog Converters
- Sharp 70-inch LED TV
- Nexus Motorized TV Lift
- Artison Flat Panel Speakers
- Terra assorted Outdoor Speakers
- DIRECTV Satellite DVRs