Have you thought about cutting the hole in the side of the console ? That might be worth following up if you have to buy a proper cd player. I think Tim M got a bargain (As he always seems to do) on Ebay recently.
Or you could hide the AV marine set away and use one of their small extensions on you console. They also do IR remotes but I think they are line of sight only. Plenty of options but it all starts to add up money wise.
I'm still looking for speakers. Just can't justify proper wakeboard speakers that look quite flimsy at £300 plus and then the cost of an amp on top.
I need to speak to Jimbo. Apparently he's flogging speakers now as well. Its getting like 'Only Fools and Horse's' now in Pompey
Do you think the next time I pop into haslar marina I'll find one of RIBNETs finest flogging stuff out of suitcase