HDMI to Component

I have an older Toshiba 57H82 TV with component-video inputs—not HDMI—and an Onkyo TX-SR608 A/V receiver with HDMI. I would like to connect HDMI hardware, such as a Roku box and DirecTV tuner, to the HDMI inputs of my receiver, but I can't connect the HDMI output of the receiver to the TV. I have heard of the HDfury, which is supposed to convert HDMI to component. Will that work? Do you have any suggestions, or am I stuck until I buy a new TV?

Gary Wilson

Like virtually all A/V receivers, the TX-SR608 does not "downconvert" HDMI to component for copy-protection reasons. So to connect the receiver's HDMI output to your TV, you need something that converts HDMI to component, which the HDfury purports to do.

I've never tried the HDfury, so I can't say how well it works from personal experience. Looking at the HDfury website, there are several versions—HDfury I ($99), HDfury II ($149), HDfury III ($199, seen here), and HDfury Gamer ($129). On this page, you can see the differences between the I, II, and III, and it seems clear that the III is best, at least in terms of features.

You've piqued my curiosity, so I'm going to see if I can get an HDfury to check out. Meanwhile, perhaps some of our readers have tried this gizmo—if so, please share your experiences with it in the comments.

If you have an A/V question, please send it to askscottwilkinson@gmail.com.

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1BusyDad's picture

I used the HDfury II to connect my Oppo to an old Mitsubishi rear projection TV and it worked great! I eventually upgraded to a plasma with HDMI input so I no longer use the HDfury, but I would recommend it to anyone who isn't planning on getting a new screen anytime soon.

Scott Wilkinson's picture
Thanks for sharing your experience! Did you try using it to convert the HDMI output from a receiver to component? According to the HDfury website, the original version had trouble with this, but it seems the II was okay in this regard.
E J Parks's picture

I had used the HD Fury with our old rear projection also. Finally upgraded the TV. Worked well going from the receiver's HDMI to the TV's component video inputs. I would def give it a look at if you have a old TV.

1BusyDad's picture

I used the HDfury II between the Oppo Blu-Ray and the RPTV for video only. I disabled the RPTV speakers and used the analog audio output from the Oppo to the pre/pro since my pre/pro doesn't have HDMI connections. I didn't have any audio/video sync problems.

uavAVTheaterGuy's picture


I have used nearly every model extensively. I have installed them all over the headquarters of a not to be named Video Game Developer's head offices, and it works great.

Specific use - Getting the HDCP out of the HDMI feed from a PS3 so a video conference machine could handle the unit. No problems with an XBOX (less protection built into signal??).

If you run into a situation where you need to get rid of HDCP, but still need HDMI, take the FURY's VGA out, and go into an ATLONA VGA to HDMI scaler/converter, and it works like magic.

Just some thoughts for the Fury users out there.


wdavidc's picture

My pre Kuro Pioneer Plasma would not connect to my system using HDMI. I wanted to use my Marantz SR 7002 to do all the switching between components in my system (TV, projector Blu-ray, satellite and media player) and the TV would not cooperate. My dealer and Marantz were unable to solve the problem.

One night I did a Google search for and HDMI to component converter and found the HD Fury, I bought a Fury II and it works great, 2 years of problems instantly solved. My system is now hooked up using HDMI with the HDMI output from my Marantz running to the Fury and the Fury running component to the TV. It has been running for about 8 months without a hitch.

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