Well I bit the bullet and popped into Richer Sounds and it didn't take long for me to be seduced by the modest size and decent output of the Play:5.
One is now settled nicely into the kitchen with the other being delivered FOC (as out of stock) on Tuesday.
I was a bit worried when I first switched it on but after about an hour or so the sound 'warmed' up and the whole family are loving it.
They will replace:in the kitchen a 20 year old 'boom box' which has been playing from only the left channel for about 6 months;in the bedroom a flaky airport express being fed FLAC from my NAS (using DS Audio to link the two).
Finally we can get Radio 2 and Absolute Radio at decent quality.