Published on January 31st, 2011 | by Greg0
Sink Your Teeth Into The SuperTooth Disco
We’re not sure quite what the name means, and now that we think about it carefully, ‘Bluetooth’ itself is kind of a weird name. Why the references to our molars? Nonetheless, the saying “good things come in small packages” is quite apt when describing the SuperTooth Disco, a new mid-size battery-powered portable speaker. The SuperTooth Disco is small 12-inch yet fairly powerful stereo speaker system which works with A2DP Bluetooth-compatible laptops, cellphones and PDAs. Non-Bluetooth capable MP3 players and devices that are equipped with the usual 3.5mm output jack, as a regular headphone input is provided. Two eight-watt drivers and a ten-watt bass unit add up to 28 watts RMS.
We’ve tried out a lot of Bluetooth speaker systems, including some that were quite decent, like one recently that was a bit smaller than this unit and offered proportionally-less sound. Overall, the SuperTooth Disco is blew us away with the quality of sound that came out of it when we used it- perhaps the best wireless A2DP system that we’ve used so far. The sound quality was crisp, clear, balanced and surprisingly loud, that was even without the bass boost turned on. Turning the bass boost on did make a difference, especially for tracks you would expect, like hip-hop, but wasn’t always necessary or helpful. Like many smaller systems, bass and volume are limited compared with something higher-end, like the Zeppelin or even Zeppelin Mini. But it’s a perfect extra speaker for an iPad, for instance, and you can crank it pretty loud before distortion, loud enough for a party.
The bass boost can be turned on from the front volume dial which is conveniently placed and surrounded by the Play/Pause, Previous, Next and the on/off buttons. There are also two LEDs on the dial signifying the bass on/off state and the Bluetooth status. Setup is easy, as with most Bluetooth devices.
The SuperTooth Disco can store up to eight pairing partners from cellphones to laptops, to MP3 players and more and pairing with it is surprisingly easy. With the device turned off, press and hold the on/off button until the Bluetooth LED flashes blue and red alternately. Find and pair the SuperTooth with your device using the default code 0000 and you’re all set!
We were able to pair the Disco with Android phones, Windows 7 phones, the iPhone, our laptops, and our desktops with an effective range of about 10 meters. For those devices without Bluetooth we were able to use the Supertooth’s stereo line-in jack at the back of the unit. Battery life of the unit is pretty good, with an average of 10 hours at medium volume and about three or so at high volume and a three hour complete charging time. It comes with support for using your Bluetooth device as a remote control for the unit to boot!
The only things that disappointed us about the Disco was that its sound seemed to crackle a bit on occasion, it isn’t rechargeable via USB, and it doesn’t support calling profiles like Headset and Handsfree. It’s also a bit heavy, at 2.5 pounds, but that’s the price for a decent speaker.
The Supertooth Disco comes with a carrying case that’s pretty handy, a charger and a user guide and can be found at Amazon for $149.99. Build quality is solid for the price, and we have no qualms recommending the Disco for a variety of purposes.