1 DIN + 2 DIN Car DVD Players: Know The Difference

Author James Mash 5.6.2014. | 11:34

This may sound like a stupid question but not everyone knows the real differences when concerning the size between a 1 DIN car DVD player unit and a 2 DIN car DVD player unit.

The term DIN is related to the ISO 7736 International Standard established in Germany by the German Standards body Deutsches Institut fur Normung, hence the abbreviation to the term DIN. This is to do with the size of the unit that fits the dashboard space in a vehicle.

A 2 (Double) DIN deck takes up twice as much vertical space as a 1 (Singular) DIN. You can use a dash kit to install a 1 DIN deck into a 2 DIN dash; however you cannot fit a 2 DIN deck into a 1 DIN dash without having to cut up your dash, and more than likely causing a mess. 1 DIN is the usual standard and is about 50mm high while 2 DIN is twice the standard at 100mm high.

You can easily identify the differences and what your car accepts just looking at the dashboard. Of course, not every car manufacturer follows the standard but more and more brands are.

An example of a 1 DIN Unit
An example of a 2 DIN Unit

Chinavasion has a great selection of both 1 DIN and 2 DIN car DVD multimedia systems, where some are universal and others and designed to be installed in specific models.

Author James Mash 5.6.2014. | 11:34
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  1. Bob Hamilton June 6, 01:00

    “The term DIN is related to the ISO 7736 International Standard established in Germany by the German Standards body Deutsches Institut fur Normung, hence the abbreviation to the term DIN.”
    And yet, as I found out the hard way, Chinese DIN 2 is different dimensions to European DIN 2. So European fascia adaptors for European DIN 2 Radios don’t work well with Chinese DIN 2 radios.

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