HDMI to VGA and RGB Component Converter

by WizzRoy

If you have an old HDTV or monitor that doesn't have an HDMI port and you would like to connect a HDMI device to it, you need a HDMI to VGA and RGB Component Converter.

Most modern AV equipment today such as BluRay players, cable set top box or media players use HDMI to connect to the television. If you own an older model television from a few years back, it may not come with a HDMI port.

However, this doesn't mean that you will not be able to enjoy the latest content in high definition. The old television set is perfectly capable of displaying high definition content via VGA or even component input that are usually present even on older TV sets.

All you need to do is convert the signal that comes from the HDMI source to either VGA or component for video and digital SPDIF or analog stereo for audio.

HDMI to VGA converters used to be very expensive at over US$100 but they have dropped a lot in price and you can now get a decent converter at under US$40. So instead of upgrading your old television, you can now put it to good use but adding a HDMI to VGA converter.

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HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b

HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b

For older generation of analog TVs / monitors with component or VGA interface to adopt digital HDMI A/V signals. No need for the TV to be HDCP compliant. The Converter uses a si...

Only $32.95

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Understanding HDMI and VGA signals

HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface is an interface for transferring uncompressed video and audio data. The keyword here is "digital". VGA and component video are both analog transferring methods.

In order for you to convert a HDMI source to an analog VGA or component video, you will need a digital to analog converter. If you are unaware of this may just go and buy a HDMI to VGA or component cable and find that it does not work. The cable does not convert the digital signal to analog and therefore the signal is not recognized.

What you require is a proper digital HDMI to analog VGA or component signal converter. HDMI transmit both video and audio on a single cable so you will need the converter to split the digital audio signal and separate it.

The digital audio signal can either be preserved in digital format and output via a SPDIF port (either optical or RCA) so that you can send the audio signal to an AV receiver or it can be down sampled to analog stereo via RCA stereo ports.

The HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b from Amazon is an ideal HDMI to VGA converter as it converts the HDMI video to both VGA and Component and the audio is preserved in both digital format and also down sampled to stereo so you can use any combination of video and audio according to your equipment capability.

HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b
HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b

Using the HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b

Using the HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b is quite straight forward and simple. It does not come with any cables except for the power adapter so you will need to prepare a few cables.

  1. HDMI cable
  2. VGA cable (if you are connecting via VGA to your TV)
  3. Component cable (red/blue/green RCA cable if you are connecting via component to your TV)
  4. Optical SPDIF (if you are going to pass thru the surround sound digital signal to an AV receiver)
  5. RCA stereo cable (if you are going to connect to the TV speakers)

Here are the steps to connecting your HDMI source to the HDMI to VGA converter and from the converter to your TV.

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your HDMI source (BluRay player, media player, etc).
  2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI to VGA converter's HDMI input port.
  3. Attach one end of the VGA cable to the VGA output of the converter (if using VGA) and attach the other end to the VGA input on the TV or
  4. Attach one end of the component cable to the component output of the converter (if using component) and connect the other end to the component input on the TV.
  5. Attach one end of the optical SPDIF cable to the SPDIF port on the converter and the other end to your AV receiver SPDIF input port or
  6. Attach one end of the stereo RCA cable to the stereo output on the converter and the otehr end to the TV's stereo input.
  7. Switch the output selector switch to either VGA or component depending of which method you are using.
  8. Connect the power adapter to the power port on the converter and plug it in.
  9. Select the correct video source on the TV.

Please take note that the HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b does not scale the video source. It supports up to 1080p and any signal it receives is just converted from digital to analog but it does not scale the video source resolution.

If your TV does not support 1080p video and it does not have a built-in scaler, it will not be able to support a native 1080p source even if converted to an analog signal by the converter.

However, there are converters available that are able to down scale images to lower resolutions. I have listed these HDMI to VGA converters below if you need this function. Please check your TV's capability to decide if you need scaling capability.

Digital HDMI to Analog VGA/Component converter

HDCP HDMI to VGA + SPDIF RGB Component Ypbpr Converter v1.3b

For older generation of analog TVs / monitors with component or VGA interface to adopt digital HDMI A/V signals. No need for the TV to be HDCP compliant. The Converter uses a si...

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ViewHD Universal PAL / NTSC HDMI to VGA Up / Down Scaler with 3.5mm Analog Stereo Audio Output Co...

This ViewHD unit is the most advanced HDMI to VGA universal (PAL / NTSC) converter on the market. It has the Up / Down Scaler to provide the best compatibility and the highest p...

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SANOXY HDMI to VGA and Audio Converter (Support 1080P, Input HDMI, Video Output: VGA, Audio Outpu...

Features: Video input: HDMI 720P, 1080I, 1080P Video output: VGA 640×480@60hz,800×600@60hz, 1024×768@60hz,1280×720@hz, 1280×768@60hz,1280×800@60hz, 1280×1024@60hz,1360×768@60hz,...

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J-Tech Digital Premium Quality Two Input HDMI to RGB Component YPbPr / VGA 2 to 1 Switch Converter

Ideal for connecting 2 HDMI devices at the same time. J-Tech Digital (registered US trademark) proudly introduces this Premium Quality Two Input HDMI to RGB Component YPbPr / VGA 2 to 1 Switch Converter. Importantly: Supports Apple...

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List of required cables

Mediabridge Ultra Series - High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6 Feet Category 2 Certified - Supp...

Mediabridge Ultra Series - High Speed HDMI® Cable with Ethernet - Supports 3D, Audio Return Channel and Up To 4K Resolution Buy With ConfidenceUnlike most HDMI Sellers, Mediabri...

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C2G / Cables to Go - 45138 - 6ft Ultima HD15 M/M SVGA Video Cable

The Ultima Series of PC cables from Cables To Go bines style quality performance and value while giving you the ultimate in cable technology. The sleek design of the molded conn...

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AmazonBasics 6 feet 3RCA Component Video Cable

AmazonBasics products are quality electronics accessories offered at a great value. Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging This AmazonBasics product features recyclable Amazon Frustr...

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PREMIUM 6-Feet Audio Stereo Cable 22AWG Gold Plated 2 RCA M/M Plug Cable 2 M

High quality, stereo audio RCA cables/interconnects for home theater, HDTV, gaming consoles, hi-fi systems. What is RCA? RCA is a regular plug found in any home stereo, gaming a...

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BlueRigger Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable-6 feet

The BlueRigger Toslink optical audio connection carries a digital audio stream using a fiber-optic cable. It is perfect for connecting your audio devices such as CD/DVD players ...

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Need to transmit HD audio video wirelessly?

Check out the Nyrius ARIES NAVS500 HD 1080p HDMI Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender Transmitter & Receiver System

Wireless 1080p HDMI Audio Video Transmitter
Need to get rid of the clutter of wires that is coming out from your HDTV? Need to transmit HD video from one room to another? You need a wireless 1080p HDMI transmitter system.

Wireless 1080p HDMI Audio Video Transmitter
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Updated: on 10/01/2012, WizzRoy
 
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