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Bryson Treece

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Product Review: Dallas Cowboys NIMA USA Bluetooth Speakers

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?

Dallas Cowboys NIMA USA Bluetooth Speaker

Dallas Cowboys NIMA USA Bluetooth Speaker

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.

Speaker Design

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.

Sound Quality

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.

Battery Life

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:

  1. Standard mini-USB charge port
  2. USB power output
  3. 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?

Speaker Pricing

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.

Other Features

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.

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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.

Introducing Nima Sports Football Helmet Bluetooth Speaker

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

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Each offseason tough decisions have to be made by teams around the NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys are no exception. Teams have to decide who to promote, who to demote, and who to cut ties with altogether. For the Cowboys, Terrance Williams fits into one of those three categories, but which one?

It was plainly obvious that the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers all had an extremely disappointing 2017 season.

Everybody has their own opinion as to why this happened, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys coaching staff will definitely look at ways to get more out of their receiving core. The one player who I think could be affected most by whatever decision the coaching staff ends up making is Terrance Williams.

Williams didn’t do much to make a case for keeping his starting job in 2017, let alone sticking on the roster.

To say he had a disappointing season would be an understatement.

Williams finished the 2017 season with just 53 receptions for 568 receiving yards and absolutely zero touchdowns. The Cowboys were likely hoping for more production from someone they just signed to a four-year, $17-million contract extension back in March [2017].

Now, you can make the argument Williams took a team discount in order to stay in Dallas, but that doesn’t carry much weight when your production leaves so much to be desired. This is especially true when there might be somebody on the roster who can do just as well, and possibly be an upgrade.

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Noah Brown.

I know I’m not alone here, but I think Noah Brown could easily replace Terrance Williams’ production. I understand that there’s not much evidence to back up that statement based on Brown’s rookie season, but he has all the tools required to succeed.

This is really all about potential, and Noah Brown simply has more upside than Terrance Williams.

We all know what Terrance Williams is as a receiver, and what he brings to the table for the Cowboys offense. I believe Noah Brown can do all the things Williams does and has the potential to be even better.

I already think Noah Brown is a better blocker, something the Cowboys coaching staff really values about Williams. I also think Brown is a better pass catcher. He is a natural hands catcher and has a large catching radius, something Williams obviously isn’t (body catcher).

Right now, Williams is only better than Noah Brown in a few areas. He is slightly faster, he’s more advanced as a route runner, and has more experience. That’s about it.

This will obviously be a tough decision for the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to make. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see Terrance Williams playing somewhere else when the 2018 season kicks off.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be with the Cowboys in 2018?

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 1

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 2

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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