5 features to look for in audio equipment
Whether you’re a casual listener or an audiophile, the right audio equipment can make a world of difference when listening to your favorite music, podcasts, and beyond. With all the new speakers and headphones on the market, it can be hard to figure out which capabilities and features are worth the extra cost. Here are 5 important things to look for when picking out audio equipment:
1. Long-lasting battery.
The last thing you’ll want to do is put the party on pause because the speaker ran out of charge. If exceptional battery life is high up on the priority list, it’s worth checking out the Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker. This compact portable speaker features an included carabiner clip so you can take the party with you wherever you go. Connect 2 Baby Boom XLs for double the sound with True Wireless pairing. With an up to 30-foot Bluetooth wireless range and up to 6 hours of battery life, you have the freedom to dance the night away.¹
2. Voice activation.
Great music can make for a great party. And that’s why it pays to have a device that can take voice commands even when you’re out on the dance floor. The Google Nest Audio allows users to change songs and adjust settings without needing to walk over or put down their drink. Just say, “Hey Google, play some music” to hear crisp vocals and powerful bass. Play your favorite podcasts and audiobooks from the streaming services you use most. Nest Audio adapts to your environment and whatever you’re listening to, so music sounds better. And news, podcasts, and audiobooks are just as clear.
Linking audio equipment with other systems can be a quick and efficient way to simplify a routine. Take your music with you with the Sony SRS-RA3000 Premium Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. This Wi-Fi-enabled speaker features 360 Reality Audio, which creates omni-directional listening and deep bass. The beam tweeter creates floor-to-ceiling sound and adds to the ambient, room-filling sound for immersive audio enhancement. And, it works with your digital assistant so you can ask Alexa or Google to play, pause and change the song with ease. What’s more, you can use Spotify Connect or the Sony Music Center app to integrate your favorite music apps into the device, too.
4. Ease of use.
It shouldn’t take a PhD in engineering to listen to a song. With Apple Airpods Pro you can enjoy features like Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound, or transparency mode for hearing the world around you. They're sweat and water resistant2 and have a customizable fit for all-day comfort.
Want to turn your smartphone into a high-quality sound system? Love listening to music by the water? No problem. The JBL Flip 6 Portable Waterproof Speaker delivers powerful JBL Original Pro Sound with exceptional clarity thanks to its 2-way speaker system. This big-sounding, yet easy to carry speaker is IP67 waterproof and dustproof3, so you can take it anywhere in any weather. Throw a pool party without worrying about a few splashes damaging the speaker.
No matter your style or preference, Verizon has audio accessories to fit your needs.
1. Battery life and charge cycles vary with use, settings, and other factors; actual results will vary.
2. Spatial audio works with movies, TV, and video in supported apps. Requires iPhone or iPad.
3. Speaker can be splashed, but not submerged.