Thursday, 12 April 2012

2 DIN and Single DIN – Explained


The main difference between 1 DIN and 2 DIN is the size, with the 2 DIN being double that of a single – so what does this mean for the consumer? 

If technical information and tech lingo doesn’t sink in like Heat magazine on a Sunday afternoon, then you probably won’t care to hear about “2 DIN” and “single DIN”.  But there is a key difference that could impact on you as an end-consumer of electronic goods.    

If you’re not tech-savvy, it is probably just a load of mumbo jumbo that you leave to the sales people.  As long as you walk away with some sort of a purchase then you’re pretty much a happy customer, right?  But shouldn’t we know what we’re buying?  Or at least try and have a fair understanding of what our money is going towards? 

If a young and enthusiastic salesman approaches you and tells you that 2 DIN is better than single, he is right.  But what you might want to know is “Why?”

Doubling Up - Size Matters

A double DIN system means that you can get a much larger screen, and traditionally, this has been reserved for things such as satellite navigation for in-car systems.  DIN refers to a standardized radio/stereo size for vehicles by the International Standard ISO 7736. 1 DIN is large enough to accept a CD, and a 2 DIN allows for a much larger and more attractive screen size, making way for the all-in-one DVD and multimedia system. 

Shopping for Your In-Car DVD

When shopping for in-car DVD players, you don’t necessarily need to know everything down to the technical nitty gritty, as most shop staff will be able to steer you in the right direction.  On most occasions, it won’t be necessary to download a whole load of new information to be able to understand what you are paying for.  2 Din simply offers you a much larger area for you to install a multimedia console, doubling the amount of units in comparison to the standard size. 

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