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I live on the road with medical contracts taking me all over the country. I've had several combinations and found two that worked best. Had a Linn Classik with modified NHT SuperZeros and now with an NAD L 40 with the same speakers. Lovan makes a cheap and very light 24" speaker stand that breaks down in 5 minutes. Take your blue tacky stuff for the speakers and stands.
The Linn was incredible, but with no tuner. Of course they now have that model. The L 40 is not as refined, however it is very respectable. Good luck.
Here's another, cheaper option...
Cambridge Soundworks makes a portable amp/speaker combo. I've never heard it, but I'm sure it's much better than a boombox. It comes in it's own small suitcase (which doubles as the subwoofer). I think it may also have room to hold a portable CD player. It's nowhere near as nice as the above system, but it's probably smaller, easier, and cheaper. I think it costs $399.
Their website is www.hifi.com
Nice sound (expensive too): Integrated amp (audio refinement or SF Integrated) + Sonus Faber speakers. They can fit into reasonable size box, though not tiny but acceptable for an apartment. Some DAC is small too, like P3. This como gives you good sound, but not cheap.
If sound is not that critical, you can buy Japan table stuff basically everywhere on the world. Don't bother to carry it on airplane.