Ok, now that I've had this BDP-53FD for awhile, I've come to the conclusion the remote is JUNK! I press buttons and nothing. And then when it finally does work it does it twice and goes to the wrong thing. I've changed the batteries and it still does it. Then, there's no backlight. I can't see a darn thing on it. I hold it down slightly to see in light and then it won't work at all because the idiot that designed it made it recessed on the bottom instead of flush, so you have to hold it at a 45 deg. angle for it to do anything.
Then, it feels cheap. I feel like it's going to twist in half when i use it. The back cover won't stay on, none of the clips are broke and it won't stay on.
You want to know what a nice remote is? I bought a Toshiba HD DVD XA2 recently, the thing is weighted perfect, has a nice backlight, the IR is flush so it works at less than horizontal angles and when I push the buttons, guess what? They work.
Pioneer Elite? Seriously? This is the best remote you could come up with? This old defunct HD DVD remote is ten times better and looks better too. I've got a VSX-53 and the remote is almost identical and it pretty much sucks too. The plastic in these feels like the recycled Blu ray covers. CHEEEAAAPPP!
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