Did you just buy a new DVD player, or a blu-ray player and you find out that you can’t connect them to your TV?
Maybe you’ve heard people tell you about terms that you don’t understand completely, such as HDMI, component, resolution, and tons of other acronyms that make little sense, to you. In fact, the only thing you really understand is that they tell you you need an HDMI to component converter.
If you’ve been told that my friends, chances are you really need it. However, it’ll help you buy the right one if you understand what they are and why you need one.
First of all, you need to understand that any screen or monitor, such as a standard TV or a computer monitor needs to receive a signal. This signal is then displayed on the screen for you to see. This signal can be digital (HMDI) or analog (component). In order to work, both devices have sent and receive the same kind of signal. Imagine that HMDI is English and the component is French. Unless both devices “speak” the same language, they won’t be able to communicate.
Therefore, if you have a source, such as a Blu-ray player that only has HDMI output, but your receiver, such as a standard TV, only receives the component signal, then you need an HDMI to component converter.
Let’s take for example that you have a high definition Blu-ray player with only HDMI output, and a standard TV with component input. What you will do is connect your blu-ray player to the HDMI to component converter using an HDMI cable. Then you will connect the HDMI to the component converter to your TV, using component cables. This will let your digital signal be transformed into an analog one and displayed on your TV.
Some people claim that instead of buying an HDMI to component converter, you should just save up and buy a television that supports HDMI, such as a plasma TV. This is because the image will not be displayed in high definition on a standard TV. While this is true, it won’t be a bad image by any means.
In the end, it all comes to your choice, you can buy an HDMI to the component converter or you could save up and buy a high definition TV. It all depends on the amount of high definition technology you want in your future life. For example, if all you need is your blu-ray player, then maybe getting the HDMI to component converter is the best idea. If you play to buy more devices that support HDMI, such as a Playstation 3 video game console, then maybe a plasma TV would be better than an HDMI to component converter. Of course, this option is much more expensive.