What's hot:Clear, loud and full audio, super bass.
What's not:No complaints here.
Review posted December 2010 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor
SuperTooth has produced several high quality Bluetooth headsets and car kits, but their latest Bluetooth stereo speaker Disco takes the cake. It has the best audio we’ve heard from SuperTooth, and some of the most powerful bass on a Bluetooth wireless audio system this size. The SuperTooth Disco is also versatile as it works with most Bluetooth devices with A2DP and any audio device with 3.5mm output jack. At just over 12 inches long and 2.5 lbs., it’s also very portable and has a built-in rechargeable battery. It’s SuperTooth’s first dedicated Bluetooth stereo music player, and as such it doesn’t support Headset or Hands-free profiles.
The SuperTooth Disco has a modern and stylish design. It has a clean look in black with brushed metal accents. The speakers dominate the front of the Disco and a volume dial surrounded by control buttons lives just right of center. The volume dial is large enough to use comfortably and the control buttons include play/pause, backward/rewind, forward/fast-forward, Bass button and on/off button. There are also two LEDs indicating the bass (on or off) and Bluetooth status (pairing, connection, etc.).
The SuperTooth Disco slopes back, a design that accentuates the front speaker grille yet saves space on the back. The AC charging port lives on the back with two charging indicator LEDs and the 3.5mm audio jack also lives on the back. Measuring 12.40 x 3.50 x 2.75 inches and weighing 2.5 lbs., the SuperTooth Disco takes very little room on your desk or nightstand. It won’t go on your car’s visor like the SuperTooth Buddy, but if you can find a flat and stable space in your car, the SuperTooth Disco can certainly fit in many places. The speaker also comes with a carrying case, and it certainly makes a great portable party speaker featuring tunes from your portable devices.
We’d say that the SuperTooth Disco blows away other Bluetooth audio speakers and car kits. The speaker has two internal audio power amplifiers (left and right) and a built-in subwoofer, with total of 28 Watt RMS (real). The subwoofer speaker has Neodyne high efficiency technology and the speakers are full range speakers with parabolic membranes. So what does all this mean? Some serious powerful sound with eardrum blowing volume (don’t turn it too high) and ground shaking boom! It perhaps has the most powerful bass we’ve heard and felt on a portable Bluetooth stereo speaker.
With the built-in subwoofer, you’re bound to find some awesome bass power. But where the SuperTooth Disco will surprise you is the excellent audio quality that possesses great clarity and channel separation. The nice thing about the audio on the Disco is that it sounds clear, full and balanced with or without the bass boost; and that’s not a small achievement on a small portable system. You can turn on or off the bass boost using the control button on the front, which is convenient for those who sample tracks in different styles with a wide range of instruments and EQs. When the bass boost is turned on, the tracks sound still very clear; only now with a heart thumping bass line added in. Nice!
The only thing that reminds you this is still a small and portable audio speaker system is that the audio doesn’t travel through the house as it would with a full home audio setup. You can hear the music if you’re in the next room, but that’s about it… 28 watts travels only so far.
Pairing and Compatibility
The SuperTooth Disco has Bluetooth 2.0 with support for A2DP and AVRCP (for using your Bluetooth device as remote control for the Disco). The SuperTooth can store up to 8 pairing partners including mobile phones, MP3 players, computers and more. Pairing the SuperTooth Disco is very easy: with the unit turned off, press and hold the On/Off button until the Bluetooth LED flashes red and blue alternately. Find and pair with the Disco using your mobile phone, Bluetooth enabled media player or computer, using the default pass code “0000”.
We paired the SuperTooth Disco with several Android phones including the Nexus S, Windows Phone 7 devices including the Samsung Focus and the iPhone 4; all paired with the Disco smoothly. For devices without built-in Bluetooth, the Disco comes with a 3.5mm audio cable.
The SuperTooth Disco has a built-in Ni MH battery pack that’s essential for portability. The battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge from zero power, and the runtime is between 3-10 hours. If you run the Disco at high volume with bass turned on, the battery will last about 3 hours; if you use the Disco in a room with the volume set to medium and turn on bass boost, the battery will last at least 8-10 hours. The claimed standby time is two months. The included AC charger is a world charge that supports 120V-240V.
Anyone who has used a Bluetooth car kit or a small Bluetooth stereo speaker will think the SuperTooth Disco is a luxurious upgrade. The audio quality is top notch and bass boost is outstanding. The stereo speaker system looks slick on office desks or nightstands, but it’s also very portable thanks to the built-in battery and manageable size and weight. If you are looking for a versatile wireless speaker system for all your Bluetooth A2DP devices and computers, look no further. Note: it doesn’t support calling profiles like Headset or Hands-free.
Pro: Clear, loud and full audio, super strong bass power.
Con: Audio fires straight on.
Package contains the SuperTooth Disco, a carry case, 3.5mm audio cable, AC charger and printed user manual.
-Profiles supported: A2DP, AVRCP
-Claimed play time: 3-4 hours at high volume; 10 hours at medium volume
-Claimed standby time: 62.5 days
-Headset size: 12. 40 x 3.50 x 2.75 inches
-Headset weight: 2.5 lbs.
-Battery: NI MH battery pack
-AC adapter: 120V-240V