I got an email last night and a player today! My unit shipped out of San Jose yesterday and was waiting for me on the from pourch this evening!
I'm transfering the A's now (Allison Krauss to be precise).
It seems the dely on my original order was caused by an extra AC adaptor - so they canceled the entire order for me. The new order placed on th 14th arrived on the 17th - no complaints the speed of this order. First impressions are good (it's so light weight!). I'll post a review later.
Now just have to figure out how to have it installed in my Ford Expedition.
Thanks to all for the support!