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!
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Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army
It doesn’t take a lot to cause an overreaction in the NFL, and fans and the media alike can be very fickle. Thus, when the Dallas Cowboys were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in week one the discussions surrounding their title credentials began, and even more so because Dak Prescott and his Cowboys offense was only able to score 8 points. He left the stadium still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season and wondering what went wrong.
By all accounts, Prescott wasn’t great, and his quarterback rating of 81.1 reflects that. His performance left the fans concerned and some asserting there were no shades of the Prescott of 2016. Nonetheless, a quarterback has to be helped by his offensive line, and allowing him to get sacked six times shows that improvement is needed up front.
In week 2, against the New York Giants, Prescott started the game with a booming 64-yard touchdown pass to WR Tavon Austin on the first series of the game. It was a play four whole quarters of football in the making and made fans explode in celebration following the lackluster performance against CAR. Prescott's rating jumped to 95.4 and he wasn't sacked during the contest. Even still, he threw the ball for 10 fewer yards than in week 1 and was 1.5% less on his completion percentage too.
Prescott’s best defense is the Cowboys' lack of stand-out wide receivers. The loss of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant – neither of whom has adequately been replaced – is the biggest cause of this perceived fall from grace. Those departures have undeniably created a problem, but one that many great quarterbacks over the years have managed to overcome.
While the doom and gloom felt by Cowboys Nation after week 1 has abated some with a victory over New York, for a franchise that has enjoyed the often wow-worthy play of Tony Romo, Dak Prescott has a way to go yet, to say the least.
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The current situation is difficult for the Cowboys, but there are also psychological mitigations. One of these is their presence in a division with the reigning Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles.
This has long since put the Cowboys on the back foot in the futures betting markets, with an average moneyline price of +210 that makes them the least likely team to win the NFC East division. Unlike betting on individual games themselves, the futures market is a starker reflection of a team's form, rather than the more reactionary moneyline prices on individual games.
Criticism, from experts and fans alike, always intensifies after a defeat, and starting the season off at 1-1 isn't always enough to overcome said criticism. So too will the moneyline price of the Cowboys besting the Eagles lengthen, although the rewards for keeping faith in the Cowboys to do that – if they somehow do – will be all the more greater if they proceed to underachieve.
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Dak Prescott Needs Support Like Never Before
The likes of Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns aren’t going to be reaching the Hall of Fame, but they are more than capable of helping Dallas score more than 8 points in a game. Take away the opening-drive shot from week 2, the only TD pass Dak has thrown in 2018, and the Cowboys scored just 13 points against the Giants. It's hardly confidence inspiring, yet.
There have been numerous points so far where the Prescott of 2016 would have found the receiver, but for whatever reason, those throws just aren’t being made with any consistency right now. That is especially bad considering the breathing room that is given by an elite level running back, which can be found in the form of Ezekiel Elliott.
Zeke got the ball 15 times for 69 yards against CAR and 17 times for 78 yards against NYG, both of which have to be less than he would have liked. Yet, the Panthers were out to stop him, specifically, and the Cowboys offensive line couldn’t cope, which allowed Elliott to lack effectiveness and their quarterback to be put to the ground half a dozen times. The opening drive against the Giants certainly helped alleviate pressure on Prescott, but it's clear that the defense beat the Giants, overall.
These, however, are problems that an offensive coordinator needs to overcome, and Scott Linehan didn’t cover himself in glory either.
Ultimately, above all else, there seems to be a bit of disunity within the offense. The receivers feel unloved, the running backs face a lot of defenders on each play, and the quarterback must improve his accuracy.
These situations are where you need creative play calling and a unique approach.
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Spirit of 2016 Can Still Make an Impact
With every defeat, the next game is hugely important, in the mind if not on paper. If the Cowboys can step up and convincingly rack up some wins, then – as ever – it will start to go quiet.
One aspect that sometimes goes overlooked is the defense. Conceding 16 points against Carolina and 13 against New York should usually be more than low enough to secure a win. Thus, if the Cowboys keep up that level of performance, then they should win a lot more games than they lose. But that's because most offenses in the NFL are capable of scoring 20-or-more points a game. With the Cowboys defense performing as they have been thus far, the onus is on the offense the close out games.
There's a reason the quarterback position is regarded far above all others, and Prescott needs to carry the team with him to keep that winning feeling in the Cowboys’ locker room.
He needs to give the opposition’s defensive line more to think about, and make them fear the pass as much as Elliott’s or his own rushing ability. That will give his receivers more confidence and Elliott more space. If his offensive line isn’t doing its job then he and Linehan need to think of ways to get the ball out quickly and on target.
Doom and gloom often surrounds any first loss of a season, but if Prescott and Elliott can work together as they did in their first win of the season, then it’s going to be very hard to beat them, especially if their defense keeps playing to such high standards as they have.
Regardless, the Super Bowl is anything but a lock at this point, and the problems need to be fixed quickly, before "distant" becomes mathematically "impossible."
Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?
In a somewhat confusing move, the Dallas Cowboys decided to re-add Wide Receiver Brice Butler to the roster in order to get something more out of the passing game, which to be honest has been pretty putrid in the first two games of the 2018 season. Something needed to be done, but I'm not sure that Butler is the answer.
I'm going to agree with my fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, in saying that the Cowboys decision to reunite with Brice Butler makes no sense. Jess is actually much more polite than I would've been when I initially found out about this transaction. I personally hate the move and I'm not afraid to say it. But ultimately, it wasn't my decision to make and the only thing that really matters here is whether or not Butler can help improve the passing game?
With all of the questions surrounding the Cowboys receivers, Butler's addition just adds another one. Unfortunately, we are two games into the 2018 season and the receiver position still remains the biggest unknown. No one has really stepped up their game and with the exception of Tavon Austin's touchdown catch last week, there hasn't been any big plays in the passing game.
I don't really know how Brice Butler is supposed to improve things. Is he supposed to be the "go to" receiver now? Is he any better than what the Cowboys already have on the roster? Or, will he end up being more of a progress stopper? Like I said, he just adds more questions to be answered.
I for one don't see any upside in adding Butler. Yes, Quarterback Dak Prescott has a bond with him, but nothing ever really materialized there when #19 was here previously. He showed flashes, like he has at all of his stops in the NFL, but his inconsistencies couldn't convince the coaching staff to play him more. So, what's changed?
The obvious answer here would be the subtraction of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game. That's quite a bit of production missing that has yet to be accounted for. But again, I am still not buying into the Butler addition as a solution.
I know it sounds like I'm slamming Brice Butler pretty hard, but there was a time when I wanted to see him on the field more. Like many of you, the past few seasons I wanted to see him receive a promotion over Terrance Williams, but unfortunately that never happened. But, that was then and this is now.
Personally, I would much rather see Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, or Michael Gallup be worked more into the offensive game plan. I just feel that we have already seen what Brice Butler has to offer and it just wasn't good enough for him to stick around before. It's time to move forward, not back.
There is a reason Butler was a free agent. I mean, he wasn't even good enough to stick with Arizona Cardinals, who probably have more problems at WR than the Cowboys. But who knows? Maybe I'll end up being wrong and he'll finally play up to his true potential and talent. Wouldn't that be great?
Now, this is just one person's opinion, but I just don't see Brice Butler improving the passing game for the Dallas Cowboys. I think the only way that happens is if Dak Prescott reaches the next phase in his development. Until then, I don't see things improving much. But, that's an article for another time.
How do you feel about the Dallas Cowboys reuniting with Brice Butler?
Despite Seattle’s Record, Sunday Is No Cakewalk For Cowboys
As Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a game-ending pick six on national television Monday night, all of Cowboys Nation was suddenly giddy.
Somehow, the team which looked completely lost and inept offensively to open the season was now staring down a chance at a 3-1 start if they could take care of back-to-back winless teams.
The first of those winless foes being the Seattle Seahawks.
Though the last 5 years or so have conditioned us to believe that Seattle is a defensive minded, physical football team, more recent history suggests they’ve fallen off quite a bit. No longer are prime Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor patrolling their secondary, or are waves of top tier defensive linemen cycling through during the game.
Now, the Seahawks are defined by a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers on the perimeter, and Russell Wilson hero-ball.
It’s an odd, and typically ineffective formula for winning games, but it’s the one the 0-2 Seahawks are currently stuck with.
Despite all of this, however, Sunday’s game will be an important test for the Cowboys. Though they were favored by 3 points last week, this game is the first time in 2018 that Dallas is truly “expected” to win. Ironically, they come in as Vegas underdogs, but it’s difficult to find informed football analysts who are on Seattle this Sunday.
This, of course, has more to do with how poor Seattle has played to open their season, but they’ve still been incredibly competitive in both losses, losing both games by just one possession.
Going to Seattle and getting a win is a task teams have dreaded for years, even before Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom brought the Seahawks back to relevancy.
Now when you add in factors such as this being Seattle’s home opener, and that they will be desperately fighting to avoid a potential season-killing 0-3 start, this is shaping up to be a very tough test for the Cowboys.
The young Cowboys need to handle their business the next two weeks and take advantage of 0-2 conference foes. These games will be huge down the stretch for potential playoff tie breakers and give them a chance to “fatten up” before entering the more challenging parts of their schedule.
Like two match ups with the Philadelphia Eagles, and running the rest of the NFC South gauntlet during the later months of the year.
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