Is there such a thing as a good medium priced music streamer?

OK, been using a Marantz ND8006 for 5 years or so for the infrequent times I stream music in my living room. (Infrequent cuz its a PIA) The unit is a better CDP than streamer as the HEOS app it uses is a pain in the ass in this configuration where it is resident on a separate tablet. It was a sound upgrade from a Logitech streamer I had for years which was easy to use and my wife liked but had lost support. She "dislikes to hates" the Marantz. It impacts the amount of time she listens to IR or Amazon or Spotify at home. Frankly does the same for me. So, I figured it is time for a step up to a better/dedicated streamer. I frankly was blown away by how many there are out there as well a how fragmented the functions are. I want something that will 1) stream from Tidal, Spotify, Amazon HD,etc 2) play FLAC or WAV files from my network NAS, 3) play IR like WBGO, etc. I am comfortable with spending say $2k new, maybe up to $3k if there is really a gain in sound or ease of use, reliability. I am assuming a dedicated unit will be superior to one embedded in an amp like the Marantz Model 40 or others like that. Am I "deluded", have a good enough understanding of the landscape technically (I question that frankly) and does this exist. BTW, I have heard a couple of the more costly units like 2 from Auralic and Aurender but they are out of my retiree price range. I have lurked/read alot of the posts on here on this topic and am frankly a little overwhelmed at the permutations and combinations. Im beginning to feel like a 66yo dinosaur...HELP!


Yes the innuos mini zen very good with a SS HD 

land you absolutely should buy either the companion linear power supply or

even better  ,less money But not physically matching the Linear Tube Audio LPS 

you can buy on Audiogon $50 off for $700

I like my Bluesound streamer(s). However the recently released "upgrade" I find a little less intuitive than the previous. Still a pretty good app though.

The Bluesound Node N130 is $449 everywhere their software is surprisingly easy to use and it does Amazon, Tidal, Qobuz etc. it even unfolds MQA.

I have one and have been very happy with it.

All the best.

+1 on the Innuos Zen Mini Mk3.   It’s a streamer, it’s a CD ripper with SSD storage, it’s a DAC, and it can be a Roon Core.   And it also runs Sense.   I am a happy owner of one and can highly recommend it.   I’ve used it in all of the functions mentioned.   I have slowly upgraded around it so now it is only a streamer running Sense.   By far the best bang for buck device in this capacity.