If your car radio stopped working or was broken or even if you want to upgrade your radio and enhance your car entertainment system and bring in some more features to your dashboard it can often be really tricky, especially if you’re familiar with the term “DIN.” Having a good entertainment system in your car is necessary if you’re going on long drives or trips on the road. Installing a good double DIN radio for that purpose is a good idea but you also need a good interface to support it, a good head unit.
What is DIN?
The term DIN refers to the height of your head unit. The term originated in Germany but is globally recognized by automakers and stereo manufacturers. It’s a technically standard term that officially stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung, which is a governing body in Germany known to have defined the standard size of radios in accordance with DIN 75490 or DIN, which it is more commonly known and referred to as.
Differences between Single DIN and Double DIN
When you’re out to buy a new radio system or head unit for your car two of these terms may come up, a single DIN unit and a double DIN radio unit. It’s important to educate yourself about the differences between these to make a better decision and choose the right one for your car! So here are the differences:
Size: The most noticeable difference, obviously is the size. Single DIN or 1 DIN head unit faceplate measures roughly around 2 inches tall and 7 inches long. It’s a 2” x 7” unit. Double DIN or 2 DIN head unit faceplates measure roughly about 4 inches tall and 7 inches long, making it a 4” x 7” unit. Simply put, a double DIN head unit is twice the height of a single DIN.
Features: A 2 DIN or double DIN head units offer a lot more features than 1 DIN or single DIN head units. Most 2 DIN head units feature a touchscreen which makes them a better choice for the dashboard entertainment system since the touchscreen is more interactive than just buttons on the smaller 1 DIN head unit, though that does not mean the 1 DIN are bad, they do offer a bunch of more practical features.
If you want to enhance your audio quality on your radio and have your favorite stations available to you wherever you go you should look for a satellite and HD radio. Hope this helped you in understanding the differences and finding the right head unit for your car.