The 7 Best HDMI To Component Converters

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Whether you own a TV or monitor without an HDMI input, or the inputs on your new set have broken, one of the converters on our list can save the day. These devices take the video and audio signals traveling through an HDMI cable and split them up into component channels, enabling you to use older equipment with modern devices. We've ranked them here by compatibility, build quality, and value. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best hdmi to component converter on Amazon.

7. RadioShack Adapter

6. IO Crest Digital SPDIF

5. Musou Scaler Adapter

3. Volantech Volan006

2. Anber-Tech YPbPr

1. Universal Premium H2CS

Editor's Notes

May 16, 2019:

While this is a category that offers little in terms of innovation given the limitations of a component signal, the Universal Premium took over the top spot from the Volantech model that has slipped to number three. The main reason is that the former has a dedicated optical audio output, which allows you to utilize it not just as an AV relay, but to send its audio to a receiver and split it up into the 5.1 channels you would need to enjoy a surround sound experience. In the second spot you'll see a newcomer to the ranking, Anber-Tech's Converter, which is decidedly similar to the Volantech in design, but which hasn't suffered any availability issues that have occasionally cropped up with the Volantech. The overpriced and feature-poor Radio Shack model remains in our last spot, and it'd be tempting to remove it entirely were it not for the fact that it's the only option that won't take up any space on a TV stand, and that could theoretically even be wired inside a wall behind a hanging TV set.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 31, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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