I bought this strictly on principle from Circuit City - it was an open-box buy (no manual, no remote) for $94. Was that a good deal? Secondly, is there any way to avoid having to get the remote - i.e. use my Sony VL900 somehow to operate the unit? Finally, any opinions on this unit? This is an older model, to be sure, but for $94 I figured it was worth a shot. TIA for any help.