Streamer Selection - Thoughts Requested Please!

I have been talking way to much to myself on my next purchase - a streamer, no DAC. I have reached the point of going round and round with the same three streamers - Innuos Pulse, Auralic G1.1 and Aurender N150.  Mid $3K price range max.  The Auralic G1.1 list just dropping by $1K to $2,249.  The Innuos Pulse list is $3,250 and the Aurender N150 is at $3,500. Would be open to lightly used to upgrade my choices but the upgraded next step in each product line is a significant jump.  

I began streaming with a Blusound Node 2021 Gen 3 which I converted last year with the PD Creative board LPSU and added an SBooster P&P Eco power supply.  This was an improvement in my digital listening using the BS node for the DAC and streaming mainly TIDAL. Six months ago I added a Schitt Yggydrasil LIM (Less is More)  and oh my goodness what a difference overall.  I have the BS Node connected by an ethernet cable to my router.  Use an iPad to run BlueOS and the Tidal app.  The BS node is connected via USB to the Schitt Yggy.  

I don't have a need for storage or playing CD's.  Reading a few threads here have convinced me that a streamer upgrade with my system will provide better sound overall.  How much is certainly an open question but I am willing to go forward.  The rest of my system is a First Watt F8 amp, Modwright LS100 and Modwright 9.0 along with a Clearaudio Concept table and Zu Dirty Weekend Supremes.  

Whats important to me would be the sound quality, an app with solid integration with Apple and TIDAL.  I am leaning to Aurender as their players/transports are "streamers" / no DAC, they seem to integrate well with Apple and the Conductor app gets mixed reviews but mostly is well liked.  I am just not sure if with my present system it makes sense to be over $3K for a streamer, although if down the line I move on from the Yggy, I wouldn't want to then add a new streamer.  

Please jump in with thoughts, suggestions and let me know if I have missed any important criteria or other approaches/audio streamers.  Thanks in advance.....


I have an Ayre Acoustics QX Twenty DAC, with a built-in streamer.  Expensive?  Yes.  But, the built-in streamer is of the highest quality, and the unit sounds extraordinarily refined and amazing.       

Question on the connectivity out from the streamer to the Yggy DAC as noted by @mrmojo. As I understand it, the Aurender only provides USB out. Should I factor in SPDIF out? - I see that the Lumin Pulse offers SPDIF output in addition to USB. Will the accuracy of the clock in the streamer make the difference in an environment such as mine streaming to the Yggy?

Regarding your last question here, I don’t know the answer to this but I sure would like to. Anyone?

I can vouch for the Innuos PULSE. Best streamer I’ve ever owned. The bonus is their Innuos Sense app (streaming Qobuz). Double bonus is their exceptional support. I’ve even gotten rid of Roon lately. Enjoy your journey!

The streamer selection is done and dusted!  Thanks to all who were part of this thread and offered advice, "coaching" and further education - especially want to thank @lalitk and @blisshifi  

I decided on Aurrender and took my time in searching for a lightly used N200 which I recently found.  It arrived last week and is now up and running.  I am streaming Tidal and experimenting with Conductor which to me is pretty straightforward.  Took the advice offered here and running the N200 in Critical listening mode.  

That's what I got. I've had mine a month or so. I think you will like it the longer you have it.