Pros: Excellent picture and sound, Sony quality, works great with DTV box
Cons: Could use more A/V inputs, very heavy (although most big tube sets are)
I bought this television in December 2000 as I was upgrading from a Panasonic 20" that I dearly loved. I had originally planned to buy another Panasonic in the 27" size, but Sears was out of that particular model.
Much to my surprise, I was offered this Sony at the same price as the Panasonic I had wanted ($349), and the Sony was originally a $400 TV. So right away, I figured I got a good deal.
More than seven years later, I can say unequivocally that I not only got a good deal, I got a GREAT deal.
Picture quality is outstanding, as is sound quality. Obviously, even though this is the low-end 27" Trinitron stereo set, Sony did not skimp on that. And the quality only improves with cable or satellite. Likewise, even though it uses only small, front-mounted speakers, sound quality is very good. If the sound isn't good enough for you, there is a set of audio outputs on the rear panel. At the time of this update (May 1, 2008), I have mine connected to an older Altec Lansing surround-sound speaker system with a subwoofer that I no longer use with my computer. All I can say is "WOW!" (Especially on digital broadcasts.)
I didn't think I could improve the TV at all until I bought my first digital-to-analog OTA converter box about a month ago (March 2008). The difference in picture and sound is amazing. Admittedly, the box is working within the confines of the analog set, but those confines must be pretty friendly!
The one thing I wish Sony would have done is to add more A/V inputs. You get one set with the KV-27S42. For a bedroom, that's probably enough, but if you have a DVD player and need to use your inputs for the DTV box (and you could use the coax input for that), you're out of luck without a switch box. Those are fairly cheap ($15-30), but rather unhandy.
All in all, though, I think the $349 I spent to buy this TV was money VERY well spent. It's one of the oldest TVs in my house, but it still outperforms the rest by a long shot. If you find a good one of these in your friendly neighborhood thrift shop or at a garage sale, pick it up! You'll LOVE it!