So, I currently do not have a stereo at home. My girlfriend and I live together, in a one-bedroom apt. in San Francisco, and we need a stereo. We've been using the computer's CD player, which is not fun. I could use some advice. Here's what I want. Small. Very small. I'm no longer 18, and don't need serious bump or "kick-ass" bass that blows the pictures off the wall. What I want is simply this: Quality audio. Not necessarily loud, but clear, precise and solid. Durability. It must last for 7 or more years. Obvioulsy, as a musician, I want to be able to hear the bass clearly, or adjust it so I can. Connectivity. I would like to be able to add a peripheral or two in the future. Maybe a 300-CD changer, but definitely a hand-held MD, and definitely some type of multi-disc changer. $400 maximum. Small. Must fit on a book shelf. The smaller, the better. Unobtrusive, non-glaring. Tiny. Something where it is heard, but not seen. So, I saw this: Denon D M31S - micro system - radio/CD My only negative is that there is no balance control, (I use the Aebersold CDs often). And that's a BIG negative. Can anybody suggest something similar in sound quality, size, connectivity and price, but with a balance control? Thank you VERY MUCH all!