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.....


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.

@norust @doodlebum 

Any updates that you can share.  How do you like the conductor app?  Any noticeable difference is sound quality?  Any sense of a warmer sound or brighter sound?  Thanks.  

Conductor drops out on my iPad every few minutes so I am constantly reconnecting, a major PIA! Other than that it's fine, not as good as Roon but the sound quality is great. Warmer or brighter? No coloration that I perceive. I hope to somehow get the kinks worked out with the connection issue.

I am really enjoying the N200.  A vast improvement in the sound quality overall.  As noted by @doodlebum I am not hearing any coloration in the music.  I am not having any connectivity issues with my iPad to the Aurrender.  I did make sure I was running the most recent release and its been 100%. Have been using primarily TIDAL but also Conductor.