Subjectivity has to play a part in this answer. You got a nice TV for $630.00, and I don't see how you could have gone wrong. I have the KD, and my friend has the KDE. Admittedly, he bought it mostly because his wife and kids love 3D, but after having spent plenty of time watching various programming on his set...I haven't seen anything wrong with it, and have enjoyed watching it.
If you like the TV, then that's all that matters. I love my KD. He loves his KDE. Motion wise, I can't tell a lick of difference between the two. I think the "effective" 240Hz of the KD, or whatever it's termed, is probably hooey. I think you might see a difference in blacks vs. my KD, but certainly NOT 9 Million worth! (10M:1 vs 1M:1)
Even fully calibrated, if I took my KD up to the MHT dept. at my local BB, I'm sure I would think..."Hmm....I thought my picture was better than that." For that matter, when they had the Sharp Elite sets in there, they made everything else in that entire store look bad by comparison. So...it's really comes down to what you're happy with looking at, and for $630.00 for a 55" TV with passive 3D and Smart features, I think that's outstanding.
I may get corrected on this, but I think to see much jump in picture quality, for similar features, you would probably jump to about the $1,100.00 range for either a lower end Samsung or a low-mid tier LG model.
I don't care for the active glasses, and even though some claim they've improved the glare, I don't like the glare from plasma...so going LED was the easy part for me. In a totally dark room, I would never argue that the better plasma sets still beat LED in black levels. But...there is more to consider than just that aspect. However, if your eye is used to that inky blacks from Plasma, and that's a big deal for you, then you may ultimately decide that's what you want to look at every day.
Originally Posted by RonC54
Just picked up a 55 inch KDE at Costco two days ago. Went in prepared to buy the Panasonic TC-P55UT50 for $749. Walked by the KDE and they had dropped the price from $799 to $630 that day, there were only two left below the display so call it an impulse buy, the lower price and passive 3D got me. It is Costco so I have the 90 days. Asked the store rep if the Panasonic price would be lowered and he said they never know but if it did and that was my preference just return the KDE. Love Costco.
I really needed a TV since the three year old 50 inch Panasonic Plasma I had been using went out the door with my son. He had been overseas the last two years working and let me use his TV since he had a five year warranty on it anyway. His was calibrated and a great picture.
Got the KDE fired up and really disappointed at first, picture looked washed out, so figured this would go back. Fiddled a lot with the settings and still not happy. Found this thread and used settings posted some pages back and it now looks very good, maybe excellent. Thanks for all the info.
Just a couple of questions, I have read the posts re the technical differences between the KD and KDE so know the KDE is the "economy" model for lack of a better term.
1. Our TV viewing is mostly broadcast, movies, lot of sports. No gaming some you tube which this does nicely so far. What is better about the plasma, I know the blacks are better in some scenes but will I see any difference in fast action, etc?
2. I don't mind paying a few hundred more for higher quality that I would notice but this looks really great to me right now. At $630 for a 55 with 3D, network ability, etc is this the great buy I think it is?
Also I read about the slide out keyboard being blue tooth and the one with keyboard on the back is IR. My remote has the keyboard on the back and it is definitely bluetooth.