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Yes, there are dozens of threads in this section discussing these issues, so a few brief comments.
1) OP doesn’t mention if they intend to use a streaming service such as Tidal or if they intend to rip convert a CD collection and stream that. If converting CDs will be involved then equipment for that is required.
2). Expect some degree of difficulty. In general it’s not as easy as pop open a CD drawer and play the disc. WiFi vs wired is another issue. Customer Service will be important, since because some degree of difficulty is to be expected you want to be able to contact the company and get reasonable support.
3) controlling app is critical. For example my Bryston BDA-3 sounds magnificent but is not fun to use due to a terrible software controlling program.
I've said all this stuff before, but I'm still loving my Mytek Brooklyn Bridge. Via the Mytek BB, Qobuz and Primephonic, my two streaming sources, can deliver truly excellent sound quality. And now that the BB is pretty much broken in, my moving coil-equipped turntable sounds good enough through the device to take me out of the market for a stand-alone analog stage. More often than not, double-layered CD/SACDs sound better via the BB's DAC than through my SACD's SACD output. Agreed, my system is forgiving when it comes to brightness, and the BB's control panel that is set up on my Windows laptop sometimes needs to be helped through a couple of hoops in order to operate, but even if you and your PC have gone brain dead, you can still just press the appropriate buttons on the BB itself.
All this isn't to say that you can't do better than the Mytek, but at this point I've stopped obsessing about componentry. Instead I leisurely cruise Primephonic, cue-ing up yet one more performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
How many times has this question been asked and answered? What seems to be ignored is the importance of the functionality of the app that goes with the streamer. If you mainly add classical music to your Tidal etc library I have not found one adequate app. Idagio is the only one that adequately catalogues classical albums by composer but Idagio is a streaming service for classical music only and is pay for play. Even Roon doesn't get it right and is very hit and miss with it's search engine. Many apps are fine for rock, jazz etc as long as you know the artists first name but can't get it right for classical.