This Receiver Is So Future-Proofed, It Won't Work with Any TV

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Onkyo's new HT-RC370 and HT-RC360 receivers are pretty beefy—7.2 channel audio, THX certification on the former, wireless connectivity, and net radio streaming. But what really stands out is 4K video upscaling—so powerful, you can't even use it. Errr.

While looking ahead is always smart when buying gadgets, you'll have to ask yourself whether paying for 4K makes sense right now. The super-duper HD standard—at least double the pixelage of 1080p—isn't available on any consumer screens you can buy. Will 4K resolution become the next home theater standard? Probably! Will it happen anytime soon? We don't know! And neither does Onkyo. So if you're planning on buying a receiver now and keeping it for a long while—in time for hypothetical 4K TVs to be affordable—then this might make sense. Otherwise, it's probably something you can pass on until the future arrives. [Onkyo]

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SO as I was considering buying this, I (Giancarlo) was sitting reading this article when an electric orb suddenly appeared in my bedroom, and after a flash and a plume of smoke came out Future Giancarlo emerged. I asked him how this was possible. He said "time travel, dumbass." He came from the Year 2012. He said he didn't have much time, but he told me a couple of facts about the future. Obama is confident he's gonna be re-elected from lack of positive Republican candidates, Charlie Sheen is no longer awesome and is back on drugs big time, oil prices were still high, and the iPad 3 has re-revolutionized the tablet again, with the A 6 chip and a higher res camera. He was running short on time, so he said I can only ask Future Giancarlo one question.

I asked him my one and only dire question. Is there a better receiver than the HT-RC370. Future me said, "Duh, of course something better, it's the future... dumbass. Why would you buy this now if it serves no purpose. Idiot." Present day me said "Oh, thanks Future Me. Hey why are you such a dick?"

Future Giancarlo replied, "You get back with your ex a week from now...dumbass"

Then poof. He phased away. So I don't think I'll be buying this.