If you’ve ever felt excluded amid a discussion about cars, technology and their specifications, you’re not alone. Car terminology can be quite obscure and tricky to keep track of, especially when people start throwing single and double DIN’s about. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.
DIN is an acronym for Deutsches Institiut für Normung, which is the German standards organisation that created the original standard for car head units that we still use today. The only difference between single and double DIN car stereo is the size of the unit itself.
Spot the Difference
Double DIN car stereos are noticeable dissimilar to single DIN car stereos. To decipher the difference, you’ll need a measuring tool. If the faceplate of your current head unit comes in around 7 inches long by 2 inches tall, then it’s a single DIN all day long. This means that if you ever wanted a new head unit, you’d have to replace it with another single DIN unit. Double DIN car stereo units are twice as tall (4 inches). This is because they have added features such as larger interfaces with touch-screens, DVD players and GPS meaning it requires the extra space. However, you can replace a double DIN with a single Din, should you want to.
Which is Better - Single or Double DIN Car Stereos?
This debate boils down to personal preferences and it depends entirely on what sort of head unit you want for your car. Naturally, single DIN car stereos are cheaper because they don’t have all the additional extras. Despite this, the audio quality is often exactly the same. So, if you’re not interested in all the shiny extras, sing DIN will suit you just fine. Plus, they are compatible in a wider range of vehicles. Having said that, in this day and age, with modern technology rising to the fore in all industries, double DIN car stereos are desirable. With more internal space for components like built-in amplifiers, it’s easy to understand why. But the main benefit of double DIN head units is typically in the display. With twofold the size of single DIN screens, the double DIN car stereos offer a real visual appeal, allowing features such as HD, touch screen and screen mirroring to really shine through. There are some other benefits here.
Xtrons double DIN head units have all the spec of a premium product at a realistic price. They are designed to a standard size of 178mm x 100mm, accommodating most vehicles, and fitting accessories for specific models are included. Premium features such as Bluetooth, touch screen functionality, CANBus, FM and AM radio, iPod connectivity, and GPS are standard in most our double DIN units. Individual models can include additional features such as TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems
) and can be personalised to your taste through integrated Android OS technology, including the new Android Marshmallow
6.0 & Octa-Core
Hopefully, you have found this information on double DIN car stereos educational. We’d fully expect you to be able to join in any technical conversation about these head units and throw some stats around of your own!