Review: The 28 Watt Supertooth Disco Is A Monster

Posted: Apr 8 2011, 4:01pm CDT | by , in Reviews | Hardware & Peripherals

 

Review: The 28 Watt Supertooth Disco is a Monster
 

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In a tiny package.

Specifications

The Disco weighs about 2.5 lbs and is Bluetooth A2DP compliant. It can play for 3-4 hours at high volume, or for up to 10 hours at medium volume. It has around 1500 hours of standby time.

In Use

Bluetooth speakers tend to have very disappointing sound quality. The bass is tinny, the vocals sound washed out, the whole listening experience is basically sub-par. I expected the Disco to be loud- 28 Watts is quite respectable for a portable speaker- but I didn't expect the audio quality to be high.

I was blown away by every aspect of these speakers.

The bass is deep and resonant. Drumlines are clear and free of any bursts of static. Vocals- even Billy Joel's high note in "An Innocent Man"- came through clear and even. In the week since receiving it, my Disco has been an inseparable companion on road trips and backyard excursions. Immediately after it arrived, I took the Disco with me on a twelve hour road-trip to a farm near Houston, by way of Austin.

I ran the battery dry twice (fortunately I have a car outlet)- the first time getting about 4 hours of audio from whatever charge the factory gave it. The second charge ended up lasting around eight or nine hours. In the car, I kept the volume knob at the half-way point. That was enough sound to fill my vehicle without being uncomfortably loud.

And yes, the Disco can get uncomfortably loud. Which is not an issue I've ever had with a Bluetooth speaker.

These new speakers have also become my backyard grilling companion. Set-up is a cinch and the sound carries well, even when I head back inside to grab something from the kitchen.

I've tested the SuperTooth Disco with both my HTC Evo, a friend's iPhone 4, and my iPad 2. To connect, you have to hold the power button while the system is off, until it starts to flash red and blue. This took me a bit of trial to get right. My Evo and the iPhone wouldn't connect without being in this mode. But the iPad 2 connected with it right off the bat, every time I tried. I'm not sure why.

Verdict

Pros

  • +Excellent sound quality.
  • +Form-factor is portable enough to take anywhere.
  • +Design is simple and the Disco is easy to use.

Cons

  • -Battery life is decent, but not great. It drains quickly if you play at any significant volume.
 

Conclusion

The Supertooth Disco is worth every penny of its $120 price tag...if you'll use it. I'd recommend the Disco for frequent campers, backyard grillers, and anyone who needs to bring loud music wherever they go. Bicycle ravers and circus people- I'm thinking of you.

9.0
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The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/5" rel="author">Robert Evans</a>
The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows where the mobile market is going.
Robert can be contacted directly at robert@i4u.com.

 

 

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