B&W has always been a ”premium” brand but £699 for a WiFi speaker? Admittedly it is cheaper than the Formation Wedge (and presumably a replacement?) which did sound very good based on a very brief listen. I know not everyone wants (or has room for) a hifi system but it seems too expensive to me.
I don’t think it’s intended as a replacement for the Wedge, since it sits in the Formation line, which is touted as for use in multi-room streaming. Having said that, it feels a bit odd to have two products that on the face of it serve the same purpose.
No mention as to whether this is Roon ready, which is slightly strange, given that the Formation range is all Roon ready. Maybe this is trying to differentiate, and keep it separate from Formation, or perhaps it's planned for later.