xbs08 Wrote:"Without hardware decode assist for any of the HD video codecs the Eee Box’s Atom processor is left to do all decoding on its own, and unfortunately it’s not fast enough to decode any high bitrate HD video. In our testing we found that the 1.6GHz Atom was fast enough to decode a 4.5Mbps 720p H.264 stream at around 90% CPU utilization; anything more complex and we started seeing dropped frames. 1080p HD movies are completely out of the question. The CPU is fast enough to play 720p XviD/DivX however."
I lll have to play to see if this is true - it didnt seem laggy when I played the 720 content but that is why i put in a SSD and some memory, faster access between hard drive and RAM.
as for audio, i didnt know it has special line out jack, i was gonna get a USB 5.1 audio and see how that worked.
My main reason for using the eeebox is reduce the number of moving parts that is one of the reasons i put in the SSD. I only play network items and nothing is stored locally.