Pic is dark, but this is the color of the light in the attched pic. It's blue, but not overly bright so as not to be distracting when you are playing a movie. The unit is sitting on top of a Sony DVD player and a Sony DVD recorder. I'll probably get rid of the two below it now that I use the "Ideal DVD Copy" program using my laptop. The Sony does not record in 5.1 (analog only). The copy program does 5.1!