After reviewing the boxes Reli suggested (and browsing through eBay) I think I'm gonna go with the Panasonic RX-FM40 XBS
it is small and portable
fairly common so not very expensive
and seems to have pretty good sound quality
is there anything else I should know before I purchase?
I have one I could sell you. But those models don't have any input jacks, so you wouldn't be able to connect your phone or iPod to it.
Bummer is there anything similar to the RX-FM40 with input jacks? if not, whats your personal opinion on the box?