I am pretty excited this week.
First, I absolutely love finding products that hit the sweet spot with quality, design, and price all coming together without sacrificing anything. Additionally, I have been on the quest to find a portable speaker with impressive results for quite some time. I was not very happy with the Jambox as the sound was relatively dull and the price excessive. Other portable Bluetooth speakers I have tried have been more reasonably priced, but not offering much in the way of sound quality. High priced speakers like Dr Dre’s beatbox at $400 is simply laughable at the poor quality sound for the price. Novelty solutions like the iFrogz Boost or the Boomb(())x are certainly fun and have their place, but again, don’t offer high quality sound.
This week we will take a look at a portable Bluetooth speaker that offers fantastic sound quality, is extremely reasonably priced, designed well and a perfect companion for your laptop, tablet, MP3 player, mobile phone or even as a substitute for desktop speakers. The SuperTooth Disco offers 28W of pretty impressive sound via a 12 watt subwoofer and two stereo drivers. With a built in battery that can play for up to ten hours and wireless streaming with Bluetooth, this is the mobile speaker I have been looking for.
Also, I simply love giving away cool devices that we find on Hidden Track to our readers and sharing the sound. Read on to win a SuperTooth Disco and learn why I was so thrilled with the performance of this speaker!
In a nutshell: The SuperTooth Disco speaker packs a serious punch! With its “soundbar” design, the Disco offers two front facing stereo speakers and an additional subwoofer in the rear. Music can be played via Bluetooth or from the headphone jack in the rear. The built in battery can play for several hours depending on volume. In my testing, five-six hours was about average on a full charge. At medium volumes (apparently not what I listen to), the Disco can play for ten hours.
Size and weight At 12″ long by 3.5″ tall and a weight of approximately 3 pounds, this is easy to move around from room to room, out on a picnic, day at the park, tailgating, in the car, or any other place you want great music. Obviously, it is not quite as small as the Jambox and can’t be slipped into a coat pocket, but the trade-off in superior sound and battery life more than compensate for that. At this size and weight, I found it easy to transport between my car to office to home.
Bluetooth The Disco is extremely easy to pair with using any mobile device. Simply holding the power button for a few seconds makes it discoverable and ready to pair with up to eight separate devices. Of course, like most Bluetooth devices, only one can be connected at a time. However, you can simultaneously be connected with both Bluetooth and the stereo jack allowing you to use the Disco as a desktop speaker for your laptop, while at the same time, streaming music from your mobile device. The Disco does not have a built in microphone allowing you to use it as a speakerphone, yet will automatically fade volume if you have an incoming or outgoing call on you mobile device.
Controls In addition to the volume dial that turns smoothly and precisely, the Disco offers play/pause, forward, and reverse which worked flawlessly for me regardless of which media source I was using: Google Music, Subsonic, MOG, local files or anything else. The power off button requires holding it for several seconds which is mildly annoying, but as that is the only issue I found with it, certainly not a big deal. There is no remote control device, but as this will often be used as a Bluetooth speaker, not really a big deal. Indicator lights show power and proper wireless connection.
[SuperTooth Disco looks as good as shelf top speaker as it does on the road]
Sound The sound is stellar and can produce volume and depth that blows other small Bluetooth speakers out of the water. There is actually a BASS boost button that can dramatically increase the already deep bass sounds. I found using this feature unnecessary as the speaker already delivered full, deep bass sound without it. The Disco can absolutely fill a room with sound, provide a decent listening radius outside, and fill your car even with highway drone at high speeds that drowned the Jambox out. At the highest of volume levels, the sound gets a bit muddy but that’s easy to rectify by spinning the volume down just a touch.
I used the Disco for a week and couldn’t be happier with the sound quality of not only music, but also movies and videos. The audio was crisp and clean with absolutely no background static or digi-noise during silent moments. While the quality of the sound doesn’t quite match a quality three piece desktop system like the Altec Lansing system I reviewed a couple weeks ago, it was pretty close in approaching it. There’s no question that the Disco is a great solution for people looking for a speaker that can transition from semi-permanent desktop speaker to one that can be taken on the road when need be.
I had to change a flat tire yesterday and was thrilled to grab the Disco to perch on the hood of my car. For the next 30 minutes, the Disco streamed the previous night’s Phish show and everything from cymbals, to keyboard, to nuanced guitar teases from Trey, to bass bombs from Mike came through with exceptional clarity. After the tire change, a two hour drive awaited me and the Disco pumped along swapping songs nimbly between my daughter and I offering rock, bumble gum pop, rap and country all with equally impressive results.
[Disco with Neoprene Case and Mobile Phone for Size Comparison]
- The Disco also comes with a nice protective neoprene carrying case allowing for ease of carrying around and protection. Flaps and cut-outs in the rear allow for simultaneous use of the carrying case as well as no compromise in sound quality and use of headphone jack and power cable if need be.
- The wireless range is well beyond many Bluetooth devices I have used offering me a range of about 40-50′ with my Galaxy SII.
- Standby time is rated at an impressive 1500 hours
- You can fully charge the speaker in three to four hours
Bottom Line and Cost Great quality that rivals similarly priced desktop speaker systems. Shop around and you can find the Disco for not much more than $100. For example, you can buy from Amazon currently for $118 while directly from SuperTooth it is $148.
Interested in owning one of these amazing speakers? Hidden Track has one for a lucky reader:
To enter, simply leave a comment below with what song you’d first fire up first on your Disco and you are entered! Tweet a link to this column for an additional entry. One winner will be picked next Monday night and the winner announced in next week’s column.
Rating: 8 out of 10 Hidden Track’s
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First track outta this would be Highwire from They Missed The Perfume. One of my favorite studio tracks and hands down my favorite jamband studio album. Sends those beeps and blips straight through the bluetooth? yes please…
I would want to fully test this out without blowing it out too quickly, so I would play something that “starts off kind of quite and then builds into shear mayhem”… the YEM from Steamboat Springs (3/22/91)
COMPLETE CONTROL!!! (The Only Band That Matter) The Clash 😎
I would love to fully test this with Prince Caspian from the Hampton Box set…just love that version…
goin’ down south to the disco … Camel Walk!
Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” entire album. True test for any sound system.
Only b/c I’ve recently rediscovered how awesome the intro is – Run Like Hell from Pulse would be my first tune – great encore to an amazing show (my first concert taboot!)
AC/DC Bag, 12/30/97
Would fire up Twist from 06/22/12….just to break it in a bit
Down With Disease>My Soul>CTB>YEM – (Lyon, France-1997-07-09)
What song would I crank up to 11? Tweezer Reprise!
Id have to take it outside, pull up a lawn chair and fire up “Summer Breeze” The Isley Brothers version and just kick it.
Big-Eared Farmer by The One-Eyed Show.
“Positive Vibration” by Bob Marley. With an extended development trip to American Samoa likely in the Fall, I’m looking for a portable speaker that packs a punch. Looks like I found it. I imagine myself listening to a lot of Bob Marley on the trip…
12/27/2010 Seven Below –> What’s the Use all the way baby. Gotta make sure the most epic song is played first.
I will listen to Radiohead’s “Everything In It’s Right Place” to see how immersed the speakers can get me into the music.
Thanks Hidden Track!
TV On The Radio – Dear Science. . .on repeat, repeat repeat . . . Thank you!
and the song would be . . .Golden Age!
First song will be Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean
Phish – Gorge 8/5/11 – Rock & Roll (> Meatstick> Boogie On)
Operation Ivy: Sound System. Something that can really rage this device
Maybe Rush 2112….Followed by the most recent Phish show of the tour!
Bowler off the new Lettuce album, just cuz it’s so freaking awesome!
Bullhead City – Umph 11/25/11 Chicago,IL
Wizard Burial Ground from the private Umphrey’s show at Martyr’s because no one song terrifies hippies more.
Everyone needs a crankable “stereo system test” song at the ready. I’ve settled nicely on “Funky Boss” by the Beastie Boys over the years.
No doubt first song played would be Phish-Ghost-MSG 12/31/10. I’d wait til the 6:30 mark to test the speakers full capabilities.
Pearl Jam, 4/3/94…Garden
Phish zepplin tease fest from 10/30/10!
Beastie Boys ‘Unite’, from Hello Nasty. There’s a bass drop at 2:22 on that track that other speakers always muddy up.
Mike Gordon band version of Sugar Shack. Love that tune!
The first song I’d fire up is Papa Legba off Light Fuse, Get Away! Sonny starts in with the percussion and Dave starts dropping bombs. Mikey then takes that signature lingering lead with JB coming in with his growl “you’ll beeeee mhmmmm magnet for moneyyy”. Great band. Great cover. I blew my 10 yr old Bose speakers recently and could really use an upgrade! Based on your review they sound awesome…help me out!
The first song I would play would be King Harvest (Has Surely Come) by The Band
Twist Around by Phish from 06/22/12 Riverbend Music Center!
Time Zones – WSP, get ur groove on…..
That’ll work that puppy out. 🙂
Without a doubt I would play Union Federal from Junta. Can’t get enough of that track.
Phish Gorge Rock & Roll…
Crosseyed and Painless, the original.
Frank Zappa – 555
“Epic” by Faith No More
I would play LCD soundsystem dance yrself clean since, well, it’s awesome
I’d probably throw Eminence Front at it…
Floyd. Definitely Floyd- I always like checking out new sound devices to Breath, Money or pretty much anything off of Darkside of the Moon.
“So What” by Miles Davis. A true test for any speaker set up.
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – Fillmore East
Mike’s>Hydrogen – 3/24/92
Torn an Frayed
The Funky Worm from The Ohio Players!
Piper. The Phish
I’d love one of these!
rock and roll > meat stick , the gorge ’11
Sad Sad City- Ghostland Observatory.
Because lasers are awesome.
(this would be so key)
Have A Cigar – Pink Floyd
Theme from Shaft
Tweeted for additional entry.
Allman Bros: Whipping Post: At Fillmore East. Laying on the grass with this unit by my head 🙂
A soaring Theme from the Bottom. Perhaps 09/17/00.
The World (is Going Up in Flames) by Charles Bradley
The first song I would fire up is You Enjoy Myself!! It was the first Phish song that I ever heard, and I was immediately hooked! Therefore, based on the information and likely hood that this would have me hooked up wireless as well, it would have to be the phirst tune!!!
“Africa” by Toto because it’s epic.
(Or maybe the 12/28/10 Hood because it’s the most magical jam that makes my ears & soul very, very happy)
I’d probably fire up the remastered Bowie that’s in the Chicago ’94 box set – used to listen to that show on tape all the time, the Mind Left Body jam has always made it my favorite Bowie intro, and it’s never sounded better.
In the Flesh?. Pink Floyd The Wall. Perfect opening song for an album and to test this puppy out. Plus I’m seeing Roger in 2 weeks.
In the Flesh?. Pink Floyd The Wall. Perfect opening song for an album and to test this puppy out with all the explosions it has. Plus I’m seeing Roger in 2 weeks.
Linkin Park – Burn It Down
Booth Love-Umphrey’s McGee
Prague Ghost… machine gun Trey!!
Tooth – STS9
Genesis / Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Running with the Devil – Van Halen
Sugar Pants – Zigaboo Modeliste
XTC – Melt the Guns
I think I’d throw on Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock
I would kick it off with Queen The Prophet song.
I’m thinking some hard to handle.
skrillex – rock and roll will take you to the mountain
Dubstep Morning Parade
I think I’d fire up Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.
Don’t Stop – Brazillian Girls. Because it’s on repeat on my phone right now!
Neil Young – Down By the River. Can the disco make that one note ring louder that it has already?
Mojave 3 – Room With a View
Mutilated Lips – Ween
Custard Pie – Led Zeppelin
Duh… Runaway Jim – Phish. 🙂
I’d throw in a lil “You Enjoy Myself”, live, by Phish, preferable from the show at the old Star Lake Amphitheater from a couple Saturday’s ago 😉
Get On The Good Foot – James Brown
Harpua 6/19/2011 where Trey wishes me a ‘Happy Birthday’.
Funky B!tch by Phish
I’d throw on a track by the Alabama Shakes… Boys and Girls
tweezer no question. followed by some victor wooten
Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden yeahhhhh
Vagabond by Wolfmother
The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Gates of Delirium by Yes