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HDMI to VGA/Component adapter... but does it work?

11-23-2007, 10:14 PM

I recently bought an HDMI to VGA/Component box which is suppose to allow me to connect the HDMI output on my new DirectTV HD receiver tothe VGA ports on my projector. I bought this adapter/converter last week and received it today. The only holdup is that my new HD receiver will not be here until Tuesday so I can't test it out until then.
I'm rolling the dice on this due to the hassle free return policy and my immense curiosity to see if this box can deliver what it claims. A quote from the description reads as follows:

It will generate all the compatible digital to analog conversion signals to make the connection work between the digital input and the analog output without degrading signal or resolution quality. There is no in-built scaler, therefore the resolution output will be same as the resolution input, for example, a 1080i Digital HDMI input will be converted to 1080i YPbPr, RGB Analog Component Video output.

I'm very interested to see if this is the case and more than a little curious as to why I can't seem to find much user info on this item. This particular one I bought on Ebay form a seller who has sold quite a few of them. I also saw a different unit from Korea that claims to do the same function. Has anyone used or seen much information on HDMI to Component adapters? Ill be posting my experience soon enough I'm just interested iin someone else's take or experience with this type of converter.

11-24-2007, 08:50 AM
Sounds interesting; there is no "technical" reason why this should not be possible, except . . . .

could be an issue with HDCP compliance.

11-24-2007, 09:18 AM
That was a thought of mine as well but part of the description with regards to HDCP reads as follows:

It will convert an HDMI video and audio signal, from 480i to 1080i/p, with or without HDCP to analog YPbPr Component Video with equal resolution and stereo L/R audio. (HDCP is not present in analog format).

I'm fairly confident that this box will work with regards to getting a signal, I think my only question/concern is: Will the image be true HD? It will probably be left up to my own eyes to determine how stunning the picture truly is but at the end of the day I guess that's all that really matters.

11-24-2007, 09:37 AM
Please come back and let us know how it works and where you purchased it from.

11-24-2007, 10:25 AM
Please come back and let us know how it works and where you purchased it from.

Sorry I have been a little cryptic about the specifics as I'm not entirely sure about posting rules with regards to links and what have you. I know some forums are particular about what you write.

Having said that I'll give the info and be reprimanded if need be. The unit I purchased was on Ebay from a seller called save-vinyl.(For what it's worth, this seller has over 7000 transactions and 100% feedback which is pretty impressive.)

The actual name of this item/auction is "PS3 HDMI to RCA,VGA Component Video Converter.Adapter". It goes for $160, where as a similar item on a site called CurtPalm sells for well over $200. Obviously I don't know which one is the better unit but the math and the seller's feedback made it a one horse race for me.

I will certainly post my experience on the forum :busy: once I have put the box through it's paces. Like I said in my earlier post I'm just a little surprised about the lack of user experience given the fact that this is the type of item I know alot of us have been on the look out for. Maybe the people who are already using a box like this don't want to let us in on the secret.

11-24-2007, 11:46 AM
After you have made the 5 posts or so to allow you to include a link in your posts, there is nothing wrong with posting a link to such a device. The only issue we have with link posting is spammers that do not otherwise contribute to the forum.