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Adorably named New York Times writer Damon Darlin set out to build his own home theater network in his home for less than $1,000, a quest that one analyst to told him was impossible. But our darlin' Damon was not to be deterred, and he ended up using a wireless 802.11n network combined with 1TB network-attached storage drive and a media adapter to create an admittedly half-assed setup for a mere $850.

Is his example worth following? Well, if you feel like putting in some elbow grease it'll do the trick, but the smart money is on waiting 'til next week when the professionals roll out some integrated home systems at CES that will have more bells and whistles and, god willing, smaller price tags than what's out there now.

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Pulling It All Together [NY Times]