Portable speakers worth carrying around?
The SuperTooth Disco is obviously a portable stereo speaker, so it goes without saying that it has a rechargeable battery built-in. It took me just over 3 hours to charge it completely, and setting the volume at medium, on the control knob as well as my iPhone 4 (after pairing), the battery lasted roughly 6 hours. I’m sure on lower volume I may have been able to squeeze out another hour and a half perhaps. Setting the volume to about 80% lasted the battery to around 3 hours. Not too shabby at all for a portable speaker this powerful.
Now I say “this powerful”, but don’t take it to mean that the little Disco will rock an impromptu party, not unless you want to hear slightly garbled music at the highest volume. At that point, the bass gets overpowered, drowning out the mid-tones somewhat, while the treble gets a little too tinny for comfort. The bass may seem to be a little weak at a lower volume level, but thanks to the tube opening up near the back, when placed close to a wall, there are strong reverberations for the bass to be heard and realized nicely in a room.
The SuperTooth Disco really comes into its own at mid to high (lower than 85% volume) levels, with both mid-tones and bass sounding decent, and the high-pitches are just about right; not too tinny, not too dull. It’s not competing with high-end docks; it’s a portable system that looks good and is priced reasonably. Couple this with extremely easy pairing with any Bluetooth device (my laptop and iPhone 4 paired instantaneously) and decent battery life, and we got ourselves a winner.