But no, I don't just want a computer with a good TV-out. I've already got one of those.
I want to purpose-build a digital video recorder/media-player box with output to TV, and the only solution I've heard of so far that sounds viable (from all perspectives - cost, power consumption, noise levels etc) was one based around the Epia-M. The combination of a tiny, cheap board which has an Mpeg2 decoder built in is just right for this.
But it's supposed to have a very high quality TV-out chip! I don't suppose it might not have been configured properly (in BIOS etc)? I've read other reviews praising the output quality (and comparing it favourably with output from dedicated a DVD player). Maybe it's better at PAL than NTSC? You are on NTSC aren't you?
If this solution is a no-go, I don't think what I want to do is viable at all - the last thing I want in my living room is a chunky P4 monstrosity. Besides which I've already got one of those (or near enough) with a Matrox G400 which gives me more or less perfect TV-out. What I want is a small, quiet, cheap machine which is just powerful enough to do the media stuff and no more.
Maybe back to the drawing board...
I'm also planning to build a home entertainment system with the EPIA-M10k. I was planning to run Linux with freevo.
Despite the mixed tv-out reviews, I think I'm going to try it. Worst case scenario I end up with a decent desktop file server to replace an ancient 300MHz Dell.
I'm interested to hear if there are others planning to use this motherboard for a similar purpose, and what their plans are.
As for the performance gains of the Nehemiah vs. the Ezra T, it seems that performance improvement over the Ezra T is not the priority for the current version, but that it is instead the fact that this system will be the foundation for faster C3 processors. Ezra T was maxed out at 1GHz, Nehemiah is just starting out there. That there is a gain at all is probably the only reason they released the Nehemiah at 1GHz.
That being said, I'm probably going to try to get my hands on a Nehemiah instead of an Ezra. Does anyone know where in Canada (Toronto ideally) I can get one?