Consider toe dipped…
I found a local retailer that had JBL Playlist in store. No auditioning possible so bought one unheard.
Easy setup of Chromecast. Readily visible in roon and could start playing within minutes.
Early impressions - Perfectly adequate for my laundry room. Used roon’s very good equalizer to lower a bit of mid-bass bloat, which I suppose is there to make this small speaker sound ‘bigger’.
Haven’t had time to listen much but I left the Playlist playing and noted that it seemed to stop at the end of some tracks instead of progressing to the next track in a playlist. The Playlist is served by a strong 5GHz WiFi signal. Will need to spend some more time with this new device to see how it behaves in the longer term.
Overall, happy with this purchase and great that roon now supports Chromecast.
BTW. Purchased 2 Chromecast Audio pucks during summer. One connected to the main rig where it is connected via optical to a Peachtree Grand Integrated and set up in roon but mostly functions as a regular casting device as our youngsters have not taken to roon (or more specifically Tidal. They much prefer Spotify where they can play their native playlists).
The second one is in our holiday home, connected to an old Linn Classik via RCA. No roon, only standard casting. That said, I tried this CCA at home first, connected to an old clock radio but as I already have a roon connected Squeezebox there it made more sense to take the CCA to the holiday home.
I do find the Chromecast Audio to be very good value for money!