SuperTooth Disco review: SuperTooth Disco

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The SuperTooth Disco is a versatile Bluetooth speaker with a rechargeable battery and impressive audible range. Its simple design and budget-friendly price tag make this one of our favorite wireless speakers.

The Bad The system doesn't include a remote, and its heavy frame is more suitable for use at home than on the go.

The Bottom Line The SuperTooth Disco is an inexpensive, cordless Bluetooth speaker that earns our recommendation for its modern design, long-distance range, and impressive sound quality that rivals many midrange computer speakers.

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Introduction
There are many use cases for a small, portable Bluetooth speaker like the SuperTooth Disco, but its heavyweight stature and user-friendly music controls are ideal for small apartments, offices, or communal rooms like kitchens and dens. Like all Bluetooth-powered audio devices, the Disco unfortunately loses degrees of sound quality while transmitting the wireless signal, but SuperTooth also offers a hardwired solution in the back so you can play music through devices without Bluetooth connectivity. We've reviewed many Bluetooth speakers in the past, but the $150 Disco nudges its way into our favorites list for its sleek design, long battery life, and affordability.

Design and features
The SuperTooth Disco's rectangular shape reminds us of a larger version of the Soundmatters FoxLv2, a smaller Bluetooth speaker designed with the frequent traveler and audiophile in mind.

However, the SuperTooth is obviously much larger at a foot long and 3 inches wide, and although the protective neoprene carrying case seems to encourage users to take it outside, the speaker's hefty size and weight (approximately 2.5 pounds) make it more suitable as a stationary device to replace the cords and satellite speakers that quickly clutter precious desktop space.

The quadrilateral design of the Disco positions the speaker at a slightly upward angle, but the dual 8-watt speakers are hidden from sight by a tough mesh screen that wraps around the device for extra protection. There are also rubber fittings on both sides, as well as three rubber feet on the bottom that effectively prevent the speaker from slipping around on your desktop. The rubber feet especially come in handy when you toggle the bass booster, and it's another reason why the Disco is heavier than average.

Performance
Part of the appeal of Bluetooth speakers is how simple it is to connect to any device with an Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), which includes most modern smartphones and computers. We used an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 for testing and established a connection within 30 seconds by simply holding down the power button to place the Disco in pairing mode.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color Black
  • Speaker System Type Portable speaker
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 8 Watt
    12 Watt
  • Speaker Type subwoofer
  • Wireless Technology Bluetooth
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless