I have a year old LG 4040B (x4) but can only ever get 2.4x when writing VOB material from HD. It's got the latest firmware and I've tried various brands of DVD-R. I've tried Easy CD 5 & 6, TMPG DVD Author and Ulead's DVD Workshop 2 and it never writes above 2.4x for both DVD-Rs and DVD+RWs. Is Nero any better? A mate of mine has recently bought the new LG 4160 (8x) and he can only get 4x on 8x DVD-Rs. Again he has the latest firmware but he is recording from disk to disk. Apparantly ECD6 wont write above 4x Someone once told me that these speeds only apply to data and not DVD (VOB) files! Is there a difference? If my mate can get 4x speed then shouldn't I? What speed is everyone else getting (mainly with DVD-Rs) and what method, media brand and software are you using?