I have a 40x on the way. Although I'm generally the type that likes to overclock things, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile in this case. The vast majority of the burning I do is audio CDs. From what I've seen of the various reviews of the 40x & 48x burners, it seems to me that it may be worth while to burn at slower speeds (32x, or even slower?) in the hopes of increasing the write quality (and therefore hopefully reduce errors, jitter, etc.).
So my question is: at lower write speeds (40x & below), has anyone compared the performance of the drive at a stock 40x, & "overclocked" to 48x? From the reading I've done, it seems lite-on still has some work to do with the firmware. Are the firmwares identical for the 40x & 48x at 40x speeds & below? If they ARE identical, then it seems that I could overclock, and have the OPTION of burning at 48x, and have lost nothing at lower speeds. I haven't seen any good comparisons of the 40x & 48x at lower speeds. For comparisons, this is assuming the newer firmwares for the 40x that enable p-cav & Mt. Rainier.