The Power is in the Remote
Most of the functionality of the player
is controlled from the remote. Even the funky (or cheesy depending on your opinion) graphics that
pop up with any audio CD are controlled from the well laid out
remote. Our only concern here was with a central button on the remote that
acts somewhat like a joystick. Located in the center of the small circle it controls the
on screen cursor during menu selection and such.
The button can be depressed, or moved to one of the four corners
depending on what you choose. During our used of the remote we found
it a bit difficult to engage every time - but it's difficult to say
if we weren't pressing hard enough or just in the wrong way. Anyhow it proved to be
a little awkward to use during our tests.
The rear of the DVD-N501 has jacks for a host of outputs, including: Digital
Audio, Analog Audio, Video, S-Video, and Component Video. Interestingly the
player even has a hook-up for a fiber optic digital audio output. The optical
connection is one that we've never used on any sound equipment in the past, but
if you have a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder in your Amp it's a bonus.