Deal watch: wireless headphones

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Apple raised eyebrows this month when it revealed that the iPhone 7 didn’t have an audio jack.

Its solution comes in the form of wireless earphones — AirPods — that are expected next month and will set you back £159.

Apple also owns Beats Electronics, which produces the popular Beats headphones. You can buy Beats Solo 2 Wireless on-ear headphones for £169.95 from the Beats website.

At Currys PC World and Amazon you can find Beats’s Powerbeats 2 Wireless earphones for a reasonable £119 and £113 respectively.

However, Apple is not the only one producing wireless headphones. Other brands are offering cheaper, tangle-free alternatives.

Sony will sell you its MDR-XB650BT Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones for £100. These use bass-booster technology, noise isolation and have 30 hours of usage time from a single charge. Amazon and Currys PC World sell them at £79 and £79.99 respectively.

Plantronics BackBeat Pro noise cancelling bluetooth headphones have a 24-hours battery and sell for £130 on Amazon, or £128 at PC World Business.

Optoma NuForce BE6i in-ear headphones are a good option at just under £100 on Amazon while the highly rated Jabra Move wireless on-ear headphones, with eight hours’ playing time and excellent sound quality, cost £66.11 on Amazon.

It also sells The Trainer by Gibson TH100WT Wireless Sport On-Ear phones, designed with Usain Bolt, which are reduced to £79.95 from £199.99. Its in-ear cousin, the TI100 Wireless Sport In-Ear headphones, are £149.99 on Amazon.

The steep prices reflect their quality, no strings attached.