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Car Sterio DIN Explained! Size And Definition

Posted in Car Audio Video by akiza on March 17, 2009

Recently we came across with many queries regarding what does din mean for car stereo sizes or what size is a din for car stereo? Lets explain what is DIN first.

Basically Car stereos come in two basic sizes: Single-DIN Car stereo and Double-DIN Car stereo.

Single-DIN: 178mm wide x 53mm high; approx. 7 inches wide x 2 inches high
Double-DIN: 178mm wide x 106mm high; approx. 7 inches wide x 4 inches high

The depth is not standardized, so measure the dashboard cavity to see how far you can go.

DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung, the organization that set standards for German-made car audio. These were adopted internationally in 1984. DIN refers to the size of the in-dash car  stereo unit, also called the head unit. DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, develops norms and standards as a service to industry, the state and society as a whole. Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN; in English, the German Institute for Standardization) is the German national organization for standardization and is that country’s ISO member body. DIN’s primary task is to work closely with its stakeholders to develop consensus-based standards that meet market requirements. Some 26,000 experts contribute their skills and experience to the standardization process.By agreement with the German Federal Government, DIN is the acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations. Ninety percent of the standards work now carried out by DIN is international in nature. DIN connectors is an example of DIN standards that are today used around the world.



When talking bout DIN car stereo, DIN refers to a standardized radio/stereo size for vehicles (large enough to accept a CD). The size is 2″ high by 7″ wide. 2 DIN or double DIN refers to units that are twice as high as the standard DIN, and so 1 DIN would be the standard DIN specification. A problemw ith double din car stereo size is that if you get a double din car stereos size you would have to cut around the car to make it fit, 7 inch double din dvd players are more popular over here but i thing the single dins look better. A Single Din is the standard size of a head unit (the stereo in the dash of your car) a double din is twice as large. Double dins are good for cars that have large stock head units like a caddyhas.  Single dins are good for most cars, that way you can just slide the old head unit out wire the new one and slide the new one in without having to cut your dash any.


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