Music can be personal or public, soft or loud, and calming or exciting. All that variety is part of what makes music such a big part of our lives; there’s always just the right playlist for that specific feeling you’re after.
Of course, the song or playlist is just one piece of the puzzle. You also need just the right piece of music technology to match what it is you’re looking for in the moment. That tech might be a pair of headphones, or a discreet pair of earbuds, or maybe a room-filling speaker.
Fortunately, Verizon has you covered with everything you could want. Verizon should be your go-to destination for all your tech accessories but we’re especially fond of their music tech offerings, stocking everything you need, no matter how you listen, from all the brands you trust.
Best for clear phone conversations and virtual assistant use.
Earbuds are a great choice for that private listening experience. They’re small, easy to transport, and have come so very far from the tangled mess of earbuds you might have in your pocket or bag right now.
One of our favorites is the Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds. Yes, wireless ! Right off the bat, it’s clear that a big drawback of traditional earbuds are solved with this wire-free wonder of music technology. A miniature but powerful battery gives you up to five hours of listening time and the included case doubles as a charger, extending that total battery life to 15 hours!
Wireless earbuds with a long battery life would be enough, but Jabra didn’t stop there. With four microphones and noise reduction tech built-in, phone conversations are more clear than with other earbuds you might have used before. Pair with your newer phone with Bluetooth 5.0 and get one-touch access to Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri, all without pulling out your phone.
Equalizer control via the Jabra Sound+ app and IP55-rated dust and water resistance round out a long list of amazing features that make it very easy to recommend that you pick up the Elite 65T at Verizon.
Best for a strong listening experience and performance during workouts.
Bose has long been known as the company that makes small speakers that produce almost unbelievable sound and they’ve continued that success through to the smallest of them all!Enter the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds, with crispy, high-quality sound you’d expect from Bose but in a small, light, and durable package. With a five hour battery life, extendable to 15 hours with the included charging case, you get a full day’s worth of wireless listening before needing to plug in.
One important feature that makes the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds stand out among its peers is its IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance combined with its better-fitting StayHear+ earbud tips. This means exceptional performance for the active music lover; no more worrying about earbuds that slip out or a little water or sweat interrupting your workout soundtrack.
A dual-mic array for extra-clear conversations, tons of additional features via the Bose Connect app, and direct access to Siri or Google Assistant make the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds a clear winner.
Best for noisy environments and overall comfort.
Maybe earphones are a little too personal for you, in which case a good pair of headphones is probably what you’re after. Fortunately, Bose makes a pair that are so much better than good.
Like we mentioned above, Bose has mastered the technology around music listening and demonstrates it again with the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II. World renowned noise-cancelling technology, ultra-comfortable materials, and a 20-hour battery life make these some of the best headphones we’ve ever used.
A dual-microphone system means clear calls even in noisy offices or other public spaces, Bluetooth and NFC pairing mean connection options when you need them, and integration with the Bose Connect app means personalization and easy software updates.
While all of those features would be plenty for a fantastic pair of headphones, you also get Google Assistant built-in, or access to Siri if you prefer. We highly recommend that you pick up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II at Verizon; you won’t regret it!
Best for total battery life and recharge time.
Love the idea of earphones but looking for a bit more battery life than what’s typically offered? Beats may have just what you’re looking for in their Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones.
Thanks to being designed with the Apple W1 chip, the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones have a staggering 12-hour battery life, easily pair with Apple devices, feature seamless Siri integration, and support Fast Fuel charging which gives an hour of playback after just a 5-minute charge.
Beyond battery life, it’s clear Beats was after a real improvement in earphones with the Powerbeats3. A brand new ergonomic design means a much more comfortable listening experience compared to other options out there — no more loose ear tips or loss of volume.
You get all of that in a sweat and water-resistant design, making the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones an excellent choice for any active music lover.
Best for group listening and Alexa use.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget the music that’s designed for speakers a bit bigger than those that fit in or on your ears. We’re talking, of course, about the party playlist!
When it’s time for group listening, you need something strong enough to fill the entire room with music. Luckily, Ultimate Ears has just the device: the UE BLAST + POWER UP Bluetooth/WiFi speaker.
With loud, 360-degree sound, it’s the perfect speaker for any party. A 12-hour battery life and a dustproof/waterproof/drop-tested (up to five feet) design prove that it’s more than just a big speaker; it’s designed for real use, and anywhere you might want to have that get-together.
All that said, maybe the coolest thing about the UE BLAST + POWER UP is the built-in Amazon Alexa functionality. Alexa integration means you get a personal DJ; switching up playlists, identifying songs, and so much more. She’ll even order pizza for the group if you ask nicely, although the bill is still up to you.