Not quite a "portable audio" thread but I'll let moderators deal with that :-p
There's plenty of options but for Bose money I would go for Nakamichi
. In my opinion, they make the best sounding mini systems and some of them are damn right sexy. I would not opt for their speakers though. Instead, I would match them with a set of Tannoy with Concentric drivers but that's only a personal preference.
If your budget is limited, I would recommend the Denon D-M35DAB
. Not a multi CD player but the sound quality coming out of that little aluminium box is amazing for the price; mainly due to the two Burr-Brown DACs. As with the Nakamichi, I would avoid the Denon speakers; I find that a set of the small bookself B&W suits this unit better.