Re: earpieces. They aren't that new, I've been going to live snooker for the last 20 years and they've been around for at least a decade. The volume is not hard set, it's up to each person to twist the dial. I like them, but am happy without. For people with less knowledge about the game, they are fantastic.
But, they charge a tenner for them which is criminal and I agree that the commentators need to have more awareness of the effects of their words
I was at the crucible last week, watching Robertson destroy a Thai player who's name escapes me. At one point Peter Ebdon made a Virgo style in-off gag as yet another attempted break ended in failure.
For the player, whose crucible dream was becoming a nightmare, it must have seemed as if the crowd was jeering him. Not nice.