Just replaced a monster video 3. For the last 3 hours I have tried to justify this purchase. I just bought a new bettercables digital cable silver serpent and audio silver serpents for my outboard amps for the HT. The audio and digital were huge improvements right out of the bag. The component however does not cause that sentiment. What do notice? Before, with the MCV, I used to see a lot of grain, a film like appearance. Now that grain is gone, in everything? Was the grain with the mcv3 actual detail, or was it actually video noise that the serpent is not showing? I also seem to feel that the color is actually a little subdued compared to the video 3! the picture is definately different, for the better? I dunno, the picture seems smoother, right now, watching toy story. Anybody have a similar experience? advice? Does the cable maybe need to break in? The audio cables rocked the monsters right ourt of the bag. Thanks!