A while back my wife wanted something compact to play hur cd,s also..I asked hur what she wanted and she said it doesnt matter..I told hur to get what you like and she came home with a 35.00 $ cd player and loves it..Sounds like crap to me..For myself l have always installed nice sound systems in my trucks also..Park my truck in the shop after work at times ,grab a cold beer and enjoy..I guess this is what old people do.
Not sure where your located, but if you need another cherry board, and your close to TN, your welcome to come on over and pick one out of the pile. I have plenty.
Sounds like you've gotten some really sound advice. Good luck, and make sure to keep a journal so we can see.
Photographers talk about gear. There is constant turnover of new stuff so there is always fresh debate over which 100% crop of a brick wall or blurry flower in the background is better. They argue over brands like they are sports teams.