Gordon Duern, Electrohome's design director, looked to the Canadian government's space program for ideas when he decided to come up with the design. The prototype, a round model created in 1965 or 1966, is housed in the Waterloo Regional Museum in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It had a solid state stereo and controls in a teak cabinet, a wall screen television and a sound chair with built-in speakers and arm controls.
Duern envisioned the Circa 75 to be a communication center which could do amazing things, like track the New York Stock Exchange, link with distant cities and universities and even allow the owner to shop at his favorite store. Unfortunately, the technology for those applications did not exist at the time, but the stereos did go into production.
|Electrohome Circa 75 Model 703|
When we take photos of the one in our store for our website, I'll give you some close-up shots of the controls, which are pretty amazing.