Supertooth Disco Speakers Music You Take With You [Review]

Supertooth Disco Speakers Music You Take With You [Review]

The SuperTooth Disco is a portable speaker that will wirelessly stream 28 watts of sound for your next parties dance floor. Here’s a hands-on review.

It won’t take the place of a dedicated sound system like the one you might have in your living room with only 28 watts of power, but for a portable Bluetooth device it is pretty impressive.

Once you open the box that it ships in you immediately notice that the speaker feels very sturdy and it comes in a nice protective travel case. Additional accessories include a 1/8 or 3.5mm cable for connecting an auxiliary device and a power supply. One the SuperTooth Disco is fully charged it lasts about three hours.

It’s perfect for just about everything and if used in your home office while plugged in you could stream music to it from your Bluetooth enabled Mac, iPhone or iPad. It will work with any A2DP Bluetooth supporting device and you can control the SuperTooth Disco from that device or visa versa using its easy to use control knob.

Supertooth Disco Speakers Music You Take With You [Review]

I found it easy to set up. I pulled it out of its box and paired it to my iPhone 4 in a matter of minutes. I was streaming music in less than five minutes. The music played fairly steadily with some gaps in play that might have been caused by an app running in the background. This problem wasn’t very frequent and went away altogether once I had the music playing and I had closed all the apps running in the background on the iPhone 4.

What’s Good?

  • The controls are basic playback controls along with an analog volume dial. I appreciated the minimal controls  it’s definitely a device that gets to the point — it is all about playing music.
  • It’s built to last and feels very solid with a nice black-grille finish on the front.
  • The SuperTooth Disco many not be the most compact Bluetooth speaker available, but the dedicated subwoofer and impressive sound quality make up for it.
  • The option to boost the bass helps to make the sound coming out of the SuperTooth device pretty impressive. Especially if you have it right in the middle of your next loud party.
  • The included carrying case was a nice touch with one exception below.

What’s Bad?

  • The carrying case would not hold the AC adapter or accessory cables.
  • It’s hard to tell when the battery is getting low since there is no scale to observe indicating the current level the charge is at.
  • There is some distortion at higher volume levels while listening to music with heavy bass.
  • The retail price of $149.00 is high, but street value (see below) is usually well below retail.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a good sturdy portable speaker system that will let you get your party started from your iPod touch , iPhone, iPad, or Mac look no further than the SuperTooth Disco.

Rating: ★★★★½


Model: SuperTooth Disco
Company: SuperTooth
Compatibility: Works with Bluetooth enabled devices that support A2DP.
List Price: $149.00
Buy Now: The SuperTooth Disco is Amazon ($90.99).

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  • Grant

    This just seems like an ugly version of the Jawbone JAMBOX. Also, the JAMBOX charges over a standard USB cable and lets you make hands-free calls.

  • digiprod

    This was sold by BlueAnt for years! The big downside is the battery has no way to be changed when it goes bad. I own two of these bought from BlueAnt

  • dmkraig

    The focus on the “28 watts of power” indicates Mr. Martin’s lack of understanding of sound amplification. The real question is speaker efficiency: how well the speakers actually use the power. 15 watts through efficient speakers can blow away 28 watts through inefficient speakers. Efficiency is usually represented as decibels at 1 meter with only 1 watt of power.

    The focus on watts of power for sound is like the focus on megapixels in cameras. My 6 megapixel Canon DSLR with better lenses, better software, and the quality and size of the sensor produces vastly superior results to point-and-shoot cameras with 12 or more megapixel sensors.

    Further, the “28 watts of power” not only ignores the efficiency of the speakers, but also their quality, the quality of the amplifier, the quality of the preamplifier, the effects of the speaker case’s design and material composition, etc.

    Respectfully, if you’re going to review sound devices you really should know–or at least show that you know–something about them.

  • Wirehedd

    Respectfully, if this article was about specifications like power efficiency, wattage, total harmonic distortion and the like I’m sure there would have been a bit more in-depth attention paid to those issues. Seeing as this is a review pertaining to user experience and real world performance as opposed to a lab setting teardown your assertions are somewhat worthless and frankly, rude.

    How about instead of posting a critical and unnecessary spouting of technological bluster you go to your own website, get your own evaluation unit and then, using your obvious abundance of knowledge, post your own review of the product and let us know all about the importance of power efficiencies in a bluetooth portable speaker.

    Until then, learn to read a post for what it is as opposed to what you want it to be despite your expectations being useless to a majority of people who may be interested in a portable speaker they can listen to some mp3 music with.

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David W. MartinDavid W. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a programmer, systems and business analyst, author, and consultant. David has written for CNET's iPhoneatlas.com, MacLife.com, CultofMac.com, BYTE.com and recently for aNewDoman.net. He comes to Cult of Mac's website with deep knowledge and passion for the all things Apple. Follow David on Twitter @david_w_martin or see what he's up to now at davidwmartin.com.

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