The DISCO 2 from Supertooth is a portable wireless stereo speaker with decent audio quality and an attractive design.
It can stream music from any Bluetooth A2DP device such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Pairing and set-up is easy; just follow the directions, and you’re quickly ready to go. The speaker also has a line-in port for wired connectivity to other devices, including the Mac.
The DISCO 2 has a squished hour glass design in a sleek, dark body. It’s convenient to use with iDevices; the top of the unit has volume, fast forward, rewind, and power on/off buttons that are backlit. The Supertooth speaker is also small enough to pack into a suitcase or backpack, boasts about 10 hours of play on a full charge of its rechargeable battery, and comes with a travel pouch. It has an impressive wireless range of about 30 feet.
The system has a mid-speaker and a high speaker on the front (though they’re covered with fabric) with bass in the back. Sound quality and volume output is decent thanks to 16 watts of RMS power. You can crank up your tunes without too much distortion even at high volumes. The bass thumps along decently, though overall sound output lacks fullness.
One downside: most Bluetooth speakers targeted at smartphone users these days have a speakerphone feature. The DISCO 2 doesn’t.
Another downside: the power plug got unexpectedly hot while I was charging it.
You can buy a DISCO 2 at Amazon for $49.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★