+1 for Bluesound, but get a decent coax and use the McIntosh DAC. For well under your $1000 budget you will enjoy a significant improvement in SQ. You could upgrade to an LHY lps and still be under budget. Eventually you may feel it worthwhile to spend the $$ on an Aurender or Innuous streamer - but maybe not.
One additional point for the OP that has not been raised in this thread: the quality of the user interface (UI). If the UI is poor no amount of technical superiority will compensate. I had a MiniDSP SHD streamer, an excellent piece of hardware for the money, but the Volumio OS/UI drove me nuts. So much so the my wife encouraged me to buy a new streamer, never mind the $$. Now when was the last timer your wife encouraged you to spend more on your sound system? The UI is one of Bluesound's competitive strengths. Just something to keep in mind.
Enjoy the journey & best of luck.