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I have an older plasma HDTV that has component but not HDMI. I have a Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org/) that only has HDMI and RCA (video only). Initially I thought that a HDMI to Component converter box (Link) was my only option, until I saw some HDMI to Component cables - video only with 3 connectors (Link) and similar cables but pressumably with audio as well (Link)

Obviously, the cables sound too good to be true, plus the whole digital to analog things makes these much cheaper cables unlikely to work, but with the price difference, I figured it was worth a quick question. i've also read on some forums of people actually using these, but you know how that goes. So does anyone know if the cable is even worth a shot? Or of a better/cheaper solution than the $40 converter?
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Worth a shot, as even mobos will give you a component to * converters.
 
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Worth a shot, as even mobos will give you a component to * converters.

Don't bother. HDMI does not have any analogue signals.

Mobos with adapters can do so because the ports provide other signals.


Those HDMI to components cables are for non-standard implementations. Something like video cards using some DVI pins to carry audio so that DVI->HDMI adapters fully work.
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You need an active converter to convert digital to analog. I highly doubt that the rasberry pi will send analog through the hdmi port.
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@Gunderman - that's kind of what I was thinking - if it doesn't work, I'm only out <$5 - but I highly doubt it. Duckie and AMC basically confirmed what I figured. i'm just going to go with the converter - I've had the Pi set up with xbmc for a while now and my girlfriend and I are tired of not being able to watch my MKVs in the bedroom. $38 + shipping (of course plenty of spare cords for randomness since it's mono price - lol) isn't bad, although, I doubt I'll ever have much use for it again after this setup and the TV is getting a little old....
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