I have a BCD-1 also. The illumination on the remote seems to be sensitive to the amount of lighting that is present in the room. It seems to come alive when a button is pressed AND it is in a darkened area.
Thanks Al - the batteries should be ok as I use the remote with no problems.
Funny you should say yours is not motion sensitive also. The brochure and manual make no mention that it is motion sensitive, it was only after reading the Stereophile review , or it possibly was a Soundstage review that I got curious........now I have you and everybody else thinking they have problems with too (hehe). I will see what comes of this thread by tomorrow and maybe call the company and post the answer so Bryston don't end up receiving a million "faulty" remotes next week.
Yes, I pressed many buttons in the dark - no luck.