Do you consider yourself a “trendy” TV-owner? Do you get a couple goose-bumps every time you raise your flat screen TV out of your TV lift cabinet? Are you also either planning to upgrade your TV or give one as a gift this holiday season? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, check out this list of the Top 5 Trendy TVS for 2010!

Before we launch right into the list, you should have a basic understanding of what makes a TV worth its weight in pixels. As you know, TVs range in price and quality, and if you don’t know what all those numbers and refresh rates mean on the sticker, you might get more than you need or, worse, not enough bang for your buck.

So let’s start with contrast ratios. Especially for larger TVs, resolution is highly important. The contrast ratio is the difference between the darkest and brightest colors the TV can display. It’s important that this number be very high. Good televisions offer at least a 6,000:1 contrast ratio.

Another important factor for buying a good, trendy TV is resolution. The resolution is measured in the number of pixels that can appear on your screen at one time. If you have a lot of pixels, the image will appear much clearer. Additionally, some TVs may use interlacing to display images; while others use a progressive scan. It’s important to know the difference.

Another important component of a quality television is its refresh rate, which is the number of times the TV reconstructs the image on the screen each second. If you have a low refresh rate, your TV will have trouble displaying fast-moving images (think of all action sequences in blockbuster films!). This measurement is in hertz, and most HDTVs have a refresh rate of 60 hertz, but some go even higher. High is good.

So let’s get to the list:

5. Westinghouse TX-52F480S – Offered as Westinghouse’s largest LCD HDTV, it is also highly adjustable in terms of sound and image quality. Also, if you want to save energy, it can be set to a standby mode, consuming only about watt of power.

4. Pioneer PRO-151FD – This 60-inch flat-panel is one of Pioneer’s finest achievements. It has a terrific contrast ration and a 72 hertz refresh rate! Its coolest feature is an Optimum Mode setting, meaning it can automatically adjust the quality of the picture based on ambient light and temperature.

3. Mitsubishi Laservue L65A90 – First launched in 2008, Laservue technology uses rear-projected lasers as its light source, and its effect produces twice the color as any competing HDTV. It also boasts a 120 hertz refresh rate.

2. Sony 70-inch BRAVIA XBR LCD Flat Panel HDTV – If you want a true theater experience, this massive beauty allows you watch films at 24 frames per second (the standard speed for film). It also features a 1080p resolution and a 120 hertz refresh rate.

1. Pioneer’s 9-millimeter Thick Television – A 50-inch flat-panel screen that measures only .9” thick! It may not even be available to everyone, but it is truly a feat in trendy TV technology.