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Published on January 31st, 2011 | by Greg


Sink Your Teeth Into The SuperTooth Disco

We’re not sure quite what the name means, and now that we think about it care­ful­ly, ‘Blue­tooth’ it­self is kind of a weird name. Why the ref­er­ences to our mo­lars? Nonethe­less, the say­ing “good things come in small pack­ages” is quite apt when de­scrib­ing the Su­per­Tooth Dis­co, a new mid-size bat­tery-pow­ered portable speak­er. The Su­per­Tooth Dis­co is small 12-inch yet fair­ly pow­er­ful stereo speak­er sys­tem which works with A2DP Blue­tooth-com­pat­i­ble lap­tops, cell­phones and PDAs. Non-Blue­tooth ca­pa­ble MP3 play­ers and de­vices that are equipped with the usu­al 3.5mm out­put jack, as a reg­u­lar head­phone in­put is pro­vid­ed. Two eight-watt drivers and a ten-watt bass unit add up to 28 watts RMS.

We’ve tried out a lot of Blue­tooth speak­er sys­tems, in­clud­ing some that were quite de­cent, like one re­cent­ly that was a bit small­er than this unit and of­fered pro­por­tion­al­ly-less sound. Over­all, the Su­per­Tooth Dis­co is blew us away with the qual­i­ty of sound that came out of it when we used it- per­haps the best wire­less A2DP sys­tem that we’ve used so far. The sound qual­i­ty was crisp, clear, bal­anced and sur­pris­ing­ly loud, that was even with­out the bass boost turned on. Turn­ing the bass boost on did make a dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cial­ly for tracks you would ex­pect, like hip-hop, but wasn’t al­ways nec­es­sary or help­ful. Like many small­er sys­tems, bass and vol­ume are lim­it­ed com­pared with some­thing high­er-end, like the Zep­pelin or even Zep­pelin Mi­ni. But it’s a per­fect ex­tra speak­er for an iPad, for in­stance, and you can crank it pret­ty loud be­fore dis­tor­tion, loud enough for a par­ty.

The bass boost can be turned on from the front vol­ume di­al which is con­ve­nient­ly placed and sur­round­ed by the Play/Pause, Pre­vi­ous, Next and the on/off but­tons. There are al­so two LEDs on the di­al sig­ni­fy­ing the bass on/off state and the Blue­tooth sta­tus. Set­up is easy, as with most Blue­tooth de­vices.

The Su­per­Tooth Dis­co can store up to eight pair­ing part­ners from cell­phones to lap­tops, to MP3 play­ers and more and pair­ing with it is sur­pris­ing­ly easy. With the de­vice turned off, press and hold the on/off but­ton un­til the Blue­tooth LED flash­es blue and red al­ter­nate­ly. Find and pair the Su­per­Tooth with your de­vice us­ing the de­fault code 0000 and you’re all set!

We were able to pair the Dis­co with An­droid phones, Win­dows 7 phones, the iPhone, our lap­tops, and our desk­tops with an ef­fec­tive range of about 10 me­ters. For those de­vices with­out Blue­tooth we were able to use the Su­per­tooth’s stereo line-in jack at the back of the unit. Bat­tery life of the unit is pret­ty good, with an av­er­age of 10 hours at medi­um vol­ume and about three or so at high vol­ume and a three hour com­plete charg­ing time. It comes with sup­port for us­ing your Blue­tooth de­vice as a re­mote con­trol for the unit to boot!

The on­ly things that dis­ap­point­ed us about the Dis­co was that its sound seemed to crack­le a bit on oc­ca­sion, it isn’t recharge­able via USB, and it doesn’t sup­port call­ing pro­files like Head­set and Hands­free. It’s al­so a bit heavy, at 2.5 pounds, but that’s the price for a de­cent speak­er.

The Su­per­tooth Dis­co comes with a car­ry­ing case that’s pret­ty handy, a charg­er and a us­er guide and can be found at Ama­zon for $149.99. Build qual­i­ty is sol­id for the price, and we have no qualms rec­om­mend­ing the Dis­co for a va­ri­ety of pur­pos­es.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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