Of course this has an effect on the laser. Through lowering the pot there comes more current to the laser. And these parts will break down someday. More current -> earlier breakdown, less current -> 'usual' breakdown.
Noone can tell you if the difference would be measured in weeks, months or years, but it definitly has an impact on it.
Thanks for the feedback.
What I was trying to get at is whether 3.67 is safe given the fact that it appears that the stock (factory settings) POT seem to vary to begin with
, even for the same drive model:
Considering some apparently start out around 3.50 (from the factory without being tweaked), I thought perhaps a tweaked value of 3.67 on mine, which is actually higher than those drives, is therefore safe from a longevity standpoint, unless different drives handle POT values differently...
I haven't seen enough data for Hitachi factory pot levels yet (only saw one specific post about a Hitachi starting at 3.5x or so) to be sure; if I recall my reading of posts (last week) correctly, it appears that Samsung's start out lower than Hitachi's.
For my needs, anything up to a 5% reduction in laser lifespan is insignificant.
I was hoping someone could comment on the varying stock POT values and whether a Hitachi (47DJ) was safe at 3.67, given the values that some Hitachi's start out at.