As a site for Dallas Cowboys fans, I've always tried to stick to the basics. The writers here at ITS are true fans, of both the Cowboys and of football in general. We're not going for salacious or juicy because you've got enough of that from the ESPN's of the world. That said, sometimes a new product hits the market that is just awesome for Cowboys fans, and so I want to talk to you today about NIMA USA Bluetooth Speakers.
I don't know about you but I'm a bit of an audiophile. I picked up my first guitar when I was 12 years old and have never set it down. I love music. I also happen to enjoy the many conveniences that technology brings us practically every day.
I've had plenty of bluetooth speakers over the years and while they are handy, they also kind of suck. I'm the kind of guy who cringes when I hear a car go by with rap music blaring in full treble mode. You know what I'm talking about; the guy can't afford good speakers yet so he's got the bass turned all the way down so he can go louder without blowing out the speakers he does have.
Music is an immersive experience, full of tones high and low, and so bluetooth speakers usually leave me a bit disappointed.
The average speaker is just a few inches across the cone. I've found some decent soundbars that do a bit better, but it still doesn't deliver the full range of sound. In truth, I'm not sure any bluetooth speaker designed for mobility will ever be truly great in that regard, but NIMA USA is definitely challenging that assumption.
I got two of the small S Series speakers from NIMA. Once I received them, I charged them both up before using them--as should be done with any rechargeable battery--then I tested one out. I paired with the speaker and opened Spotify on my phone to a suggested playlist, Rock Party. The first song that played was Welcome by Coheed and Cambria. I'm not really a fan, but I like that song. Anyway, the song started and I found myself turning to look at the speaker with wide eyes, then just said aloud, "damn."
What's so Special About NIMA USA Bluetooth Speakers?
First and foremost, NIMA USA offers perhaps the best feature ever; full NFL licensing! The two speakers I got are both little Dallas Cowboys helmets.
Pretty awesome, right? That's a picture of one of my speakers on my desk. You might see the little black wire coming out of the back and that's because I was testing the line-in functionality. NIMA USA bluetooth speakers come with that.
I'm going to give links to the official NIMA USA website so you guys can check these out for yourselves, so I'm not going to go into every spec. But I will cover some of my favorite features.
As mentioned before, NIMA USA is fully licensed with the NFL, but they're also licensed for NCAA teams as well, and are working on NBA and MLB licenses. These things are perfect for your mancave.
Personally, I like to use bluetooth speakers around the house. I get a good playlist going with one in the bathroom for some showers, or I take out into the garage with me to ease the discomfort of heat as I work on my cars. But it's also great when I head out to lake, grab a table by the water, and just chill.
Another great use is tailgating; sure you can leave your car stereo playing, but you usually have to go too loud for just enough clarity outside the vehicle, which makes you a pest to your neighbors. With NIMA bluetooth speakers, that's not an issue. Get the right volume and clarity, all while showing off your team spirit. People will trip out seeing this little helmet blasting crystal clear tunes, trust me.
And since NIMA is licensed for all 32 NFL teams and lord knows how many NCAA teams, you can bet they've got your team covered. Personally, I'm excited to see what the MLB speakers will look like, and will order a Texas Rangers speaker as soon as I can.
NIMA USA bluetooth speakers really blew me away with the sound quality. Just by chance, Welcome by Coheed and Cambria was the first thing that came up on Spotify when I tested this bad boy out, and I was stunned. Sure, it had the volume you expect, but it's more than that.
That song starts with a light guitar medley before a more metal sound starts up. At full blast, the guitar was crystal clear, and then the bass guitar started playing and it wasn't only clear, but I felt the bass. From a speaker barely twice the size of my fist, I felt the bass! That's incredible.
I've tested it with metal, classic and alternative rock , rap, R&B, country, country rap, and even classical (cello and piano) and with each one the sound was crisp and the lows were actually present.
Before, no matter how hard I searched, I always had to sacrifice audio quality because the speakers are small. With NIMA USA bluetooth speakers, the size didn't sacrifice the audio quality like other brands. The reason? These speakers have three speakers in them. The earhole location on either side has small speakers for mids and highs, and there's a small driver on the bottom.
Bluetooth Connectivity - TWS (True Wireless Stereo)
One thing that I find particularly cool about NIMA USA speakers is the ability to pair multiple speakers at once. They call it True Wireless Stereo and it allows the speakers to pair so when you connect them to your phone, you've got a better stereo experience.
Bluetooth speakers tend to be limited in range; you can put it close by for better sound if you're stationary, but if you're moving around a room a bit, the music fades as you move away. NIMA allows you to actually place speakers across the room for a fuller sound experience than any other bluetooth speaker I've ever found.
The bluetooth range for NIMA speakers meets the standard for all bluetooth devices.
I've had these a few days now and haven't had the time to be in one place listening to anything for long enough to test it, but NIMA claims an 8-12 hour battery life on a full charge. In my experience, 3-4 hours is what other speakers offer.
And if that's not cool enough for you, how about this: NIMA USA bluetooth speakers can actually charge your cell phone!
Yep. The speaker has three ports on the back:
- Standard mini-USB charge port
- USB power output
- Line-in audio jack
Considering how much of a drain streaming music and running bluetooth drains a phone, this might be the most handy feature of all.
Multiple Sizes Available
Looking at the NIMA USA website, you'll see that every speaker comes in three sizes; small, medium, and large. Judging by the sound quality of the small speakers, I would bet money that the two larger sizes would blow me away.
Don't get me wrong, I know a good sound system. I've built many for home and car. This speaker won't rival powered systems in any way whatsoever, but then again how many of those can you carry in your hand anywhere you go?
When I first saw the price of these speakers, I admit, I was hesitant. I mean $120 for a small bluetooth speaker is higher than the market average. The medium and large sizes go for $220 and $399, respectively.
Full disclosure: because of my audience with all of you fine Cowboys fans, I was gifted two speakers for the purposes of testing and giving a product review, so I didn't pay for them.
That said, any doubts I had about the price went away the first time I used one of them. Absolutely.
Portable music is important to me. I have headphones and earbuds and both are uncomfortable after just a few minutes of use, so bluetooth speakers are my preferred method of portable music. I don't have a need for a full-size, head-sized helmet speaker (the large size) so the price is a bit high for me, personally, but I also don't entertain people spread over larger distances, like tailgating. If you do, the larger size will be a wise investment, no doubt.
I haven't had occasion to try out the bluetooth call feature yet, but having tried that of other brands and knowing the overall sound quality of NIMA USA bluetooth speakers, I'm confident they'll be spectacular.
I encourage you to check out the website, read the reviews and product specifications, then get one and see for yourself.
I may not have had to pay for my speakers, but I'm also not getting paid for telling you guys about them. The links in this review to NIMA USA's website are not affiliate links, and I get no cut of any sales. If you follow us Twitter @CowboysNation, then you know we sometimes push products and services we find valuable to our followers, and this is no different. As with any promotions we run, I demand quality and value. I've worked hard on ITS, personally, for eight years and will not put my name on anything I don't fully support. Just needed to share that; product reviews tend to get a little one-sided and I don't like that either.
NIMA USA Bluetooth Speakers
Overall, I'd say the CEO of NIMA USA, Nima Saati has the best bluetooth speaker on the market. Forget the sports team designs, the quality of the speaker itself is easily worth the price, but the incredible design is a great bonus.
For a little more info here on the speakers, here's a recent promotional video that NIMA USA has released.
Our acoustic, electrical and mechanical engineers have calibrated and fine-tuned every component to create the most stunning surround sound experience in an official NCAA licensed team football helmet.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I am!
NIMA USA Website - Dallas Cowboys Speaker: Dallas Cowboys NIMA USA
Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?
Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.
Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.
Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.
The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."
Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?
Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.
No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.
The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.
All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.
After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.
Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?
Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.
It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.
I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.
I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.
Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.
Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.
The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.
Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.
Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?
Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern
What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?
Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.
Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.
The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.
That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.
With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.
There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.
The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.
Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.
I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance
A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.
It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.
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