Summary: It worked moderately well (albeit with more noise than most players) for about a year. Then the picture with HDMI started dropping out, and then one day the player stopped working altogether. The blue lights on the front do light up, but the screen doesn't display and the controls (on the face or via remote) do not respond at all. While it worked, it was fairly easy to do the region-free hack, but now the player is DOA.
Summary: I have had this player for several days and am returning it. I bought it to play 50Hz BBC programming that wouldn't play on by PS3 and Panasonic players. Cons This player is outrageously noisy. This is NOT typical player noise. This is by far the noisiest piece of AV equipment I have owned including Xbox and PS3 units. You shouldn't have to crank the volume to hear your movies over the sound of the player.
Great All-Zone Blu-Ray player and Multi-Region DVD player
DaaVeeDee, Inc "DaaVeeDee", Amazon
3 December 2010
Summary: The Multi-Region DVD players were very expensive and almost impossible to find in USA just a few years ago. That has changed recently - you can now get a decent Multi-Region DVD player for under $40-$60 at most of the major US retailers, and you can get a good one from about $60 and up.
Summary: Positives: I purchased this machine because of it's unadvertised multi-region capability. It worked out of the box with Region 1, 2, and 4 disks. (I have not tested any other regions.) Hi-def picture is fine. Up-conversion is fine. Negatives: It is not a very refined unit in terms of ease of use. The user interface is poor and the menu structures are very confusing. It also has a front face with blazingly bright and non-dimable lights.
Summary: Given the few alternatives out there for multi-region DVD and Blu-ray players, it is hard to beat this one, inexpensive as it is. The picture is sharp and clear, and the loading mechanism is no louder than some of the other DVD players I have. The machine works great. The only thing to add is that, as noted on other forums, one has to have the HDMI setting at "1080P" rather than "Auto." Otherwise, the picture will not display.
Summary: Some reviewers describe this player as an all region player. Beware this isn't quite the case, though it is possible that Sherwood players are not identical to one another. I called Sherwood and confirmed what I am about to write: The BDP-5004, will play NTSC and PAL DVD's, but it will not convert a PAL signal into an NTSC signal. In order to view a PAL disc on a NTSC based HDTV a $150 signal converter is required in addition to the player.
Summary: I saw this Blu-Ray player in a local store on clearance, and thought I hadn't seen a Sherwood Blu Ray player and was leery of the quality of it. After reading the reviews, and that it was multi-region, I went back to the store and tried one of my region b blu ray discs and a pal format region 2 dvd, both played immediately without a hitch. The price was right, so I ended up purchasing two of them (one for myself and one for my brother).
Summary: The Sherwood BDP-5004 has performed admirably on both Blu-ray and standard content. This is my first Blu-ray player, and the video quality at 1080p is incredible. I am very happy with the DVD upscaling performance of this player. Other reviews refer to the sound of the loader at startup, but it was'nt too bad on mine. I am quite satisfied with the audio quality too. Definitely a thumbs up from me.
Summary: I purchased the Sherwood BDP-5004 player as an open box item from a product liquidator (like new condition) for under $80. The player was able to play my region 2 DVDs right out of the box without having to enter any remote codes (I don't know if the merchant adjusted the unit before it was shipped). The stickers on the back of the unit indicated that it was a regular DVD region 1 and Blu-ray region A which are the USA codes.
Summary: It makes a little noise when loading a disc, So Be It! It takes a little time to load, Oh My! It's tempermental and doesn't want to play discs all the time, Really?! Let's address the complaints first and then I'll tell you why you need to get this player as soon as possible. First ALL players make noise loading discs and Blu-Ray discs take a while because you are loading up software. If yours doesn't do either of these thing well, Burah! You have a unique player.