Bump bump. I find both the >1x and <1x speed option on (oh you know where) to be very useful.
Actually, this site needs an "ideas" section, where someone can post an idea like this, and others can upvote it. I see several threads on this same topic, but they're scattered all over. Without a copious place for multiple people to make suggestions for changes, the designers / developers don't have a good barometer for what people really want.