updated 12:30 am EST, Tue January 10, 2012
Wireless speakers for home and auto
SuperTooth, a French Bluetooth accessories maker best known for their line of wireless car speakers, has announced two new products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first is a complete re-design of its previous Disco portable speaker into the Disco2, which features an angular vertical look but maintains the high sound quality. Also debuting is Crystal, the company's latest sun-visor-mounted Bluetooth speaker for smartphones.
The Disco2 (seen below) does not replace the original Disco, and offers less RMS audio power (16 watts) but does come in various colors. The original Disco with its 28 watts of power will still be offered. Each standalone speaker incorporates left and right separation with a dual high-efficiency subwoofer and medium tweeters.
Music can be streamed from any Bluetooth A2DP-supporting device, and the speaker can be "duelled" with another Disco2 to act as an integrated stereo pairing to fill a room. The Disco 2 is rechargeable and portable, meaning it can be placed or re-arranged at will, but is more geared to home or office decor with its new styling than the previous model.
The Crystal (also seen below) features a very slim design, automatic pairing for two different phones (simultaneously), and can stream music directly from all A2DP smartphones. It supports turn-by-turn navigation from some smartphones as well, along with voice recognition dialing (again, with compatible models) and claims up to 20 hours of talk time and 40 days of standby on a single three-hour charge. Like the Disco2, it will be available in various colors.
Both products are expected to ship in the first quarter of the year. The Disco2 will sell for $100 per speaker (though ordering two at the same time will only cost $150), and the Crystal will be priced at $70.