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SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth A2DP speaker delivers massive sound in a small package

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March

I never really liked Disco, at least not the music. But I took a look at a different kind of Disco this week at CTIA Wireless in Orlando that can make any kind of music, even Disco, sound good.

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The folks at SuperTooth were showing a number of cool Bluetooth products and the SuperTooth Disco portable Bluetooth speaker was a particularly bright spot in their lineup. The Disco is an A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) device which means it can deliver high-quality audio streaming from your mp3 player, phone, laptop, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It produces a mind-thumping 28 watts of stereo sound using a 12-watt sub-woofer and two 8-watt speakers. The audio is really clean even at the highest volume level with little to know distortion and excellent dynamic range.

Measuring 3.5" high by 12.4" wide by 2.8" deep and weighing 2.5 pounds, the Disco is portable but on the large side of that designation. So this isn't something you're typically going to keep in your backpack because it's just too big for that. The trade-off for the larger size, however, is the great sound.

gallery4.jpgIt runs on a NIMH battery pack that charges in three hours and is rated to run for 10 hours at medium volume and 3-4 hours when it's really kicking. The control knob gives you play, pause, forward and rewind buttons so you can operate your streaming device from the speaker. An auxiliary stereo line-in jack is provided for connection of devices that don't have Bluetooth.

I paired one of these with my iPad 2 and fired up Real Racing 2 HD for an incredible gaming experience. We cranked it up and I could almost feel the rumble of the car on the track. For watching movies it would be great too. There are smaller speakers out there (the Jambox and IMainGo X are two I reviewed last year) but they don't have sound like this.

OK, I lied. In addition to the SuperTooth Disco I like some of the Bee Gees songs. Shh! Don't tell anyone!  ;-)

 

[Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:33pm]

    

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