Sports fans show their pride in their favorite teams through jerseys, foam fingers, and other collections bearing the respective team’s logo. If you want to show love for your favorite NFL team in a cool and useful way, folks at NIMA have introduced a wireless Bluetooth helmet speaker. These speakers look exactly like real football helmets. NIMA Bluetooth Speaker has licensed them from the NFL and more than 50 major colleges across the US for the purpose of the venture.
If you are keen to express pride in your favorite team in a unique way, what better than playing music on a wireless speaker that looks exactly like your favorite team’s helmet at the next tailgate party? NIMA has sent us an NFL New York Giants Bluetooth helmet speaker for review. The helmets come in all the 32 NFL teams and more than 50 college football teams. They all have the same design and technical specifications. Only the colors and logos are different.
NIMA Bluetooth helmet speaker: Design and specs
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First things first. It looks like a football helmet, but it’s not a helmet. It’s a Bluetooth speaker that you can connect to your phone, tablet, MP3, to stream music wirelessly. If you go to a friend’s place and see the NIMA Bluetooth helmet sitting on their desk, you may not even realize that it’s a speaker. Its premium design and high-gloss finish add a new sense of team pride while providing a stunning surround sound audio experience.
The NIMA Bluetooth speaker comes in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. We received the large version for review. The small one weighs roughly two pounds while the medium one goes up to seven pounds. The large version is a bit heavy at 14 pounds. The NIMA helmet speakers have a beautiful and sturdy polycarbonate construction. In no way does the helmet feel cheap in your hand. The eye guard behind the face mask gives the speaker a more finished look.
It has speakers built into the earpieces that provide 360-degree surround sound experience. The side speakers are covered with mesh metal grilles. There is also a large, down-firing subwoofer at the bottom of the helmet. It also has a built-in speakerphone for phone calls.
The control buttons are located on the back. You can see a power button, play/pause, volume up/next, volume down/previous, and TWS (true wireless stereo). The TWS button allows you to pair it with another NIMA Bluetooth speaker to create a surround sound effect. The speaker also has a USB port for charging your smartphone, a 3..5mm audio jack, and a DC power input.
There is an EQ button that allows you to change the sound based on seven different preset settings. You can also control the EQ through a free iOS or Android app from your smartphone. The NIMA Bluetooth speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery that takes about four hours to charge and delivers up to eight hours of audio playback. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity that offers a range of up to 65 feet.
Our experience with NIMA Bluetooth speaker
Most Bluetooth speakers offer a lousy audio experience. So, I was naturally a bit skeptical of this one. When I pulled it out of the box, charged the battery for a while, and synced it with my phone (takes only a few seconds to sync, by the way), I was in for a big surprise. Experts at NIMA have certainly put a lot of efforts to fine-tune every aspect of the speaker to offer an amazing audio experience.
The large version that I tested can get really loud. I mean annoy-the-hell-out-of-your-neighbors loud. The sound clarity is a notch or two above almost all the Bluetooth speakers I have ever used. The bass is undistorted and unmuffled. You can change the EQ settings right from your phone to any preference you desire.
If you have two helmet speakers, you can pair them for a surround sound effect. However, I wouldn’t recommend that unless you are outdoors or you don’t want the people around you to be able to hear one another.
If you play music on the large version in a room, you need to turn the volume up only part way on your smartphone and the speaker to fill up the room. Use it at your next outdoor party, a BBQ, or tailgate to play music as loud as you like. If you do not want to connect it using Bluetooth, you can use the auxiliary plug. The battery life is much better than I expected. Once fully charged, its battery easily lasts 8-10 hours.
How much does it cost?
OK, the NIMA Bluetooth speakers aren’t cheap. The large version costs $400, but I believe it’s worth every penny. If you do not have a huge budget, the small version is priced at $120. There is also a medium-sized one that costs $220. If you are a football fan, it will be an excellent addition to your collection of jerseys and other accessories. It looks cool, has a sturdy design, delivers great sound, and bears your favorite team’s logo.
FTC disclosure: We would like to thank the company for sending us the helmet in return for an honest review