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Old 27th March 2007, 05:09   #1
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When I was shopping for a HU for Swift, the dealer recommended me a Kenwood Double Din system since Swift has a provision for a Double Din system. Although I didn't like that because of it's poor build quality and there was no other extra features.

So what's so special about this Double Din systems ? Is there any advantage for Double Din systems when compared to Single Din systems(in general) ?

Is it manufactured just to utilise the un-used space in the HU provision ? And why can't we utilise the left out space to store CD's ?

I've also heard that Double Din systems are having poor sound quality. Is that true ?
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I think your dealer was trying to push off a non-moving item. double dins have both cassette & cd players built in. Like you have said, the other features & overall performance seems to suffer (Never used one though). It does serve the dual purpose of listening to media from tape & CD.
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some of the double din systems (usually DVD players) have a touchscreen display . This type of system can only be fitted in a car with double din. I dont know whether these technically qualify to be double din or not but they surely look good and are have better functionality
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Nope. As e_l said, you need a double-din system only of you want to play cassettes & CDs. Else its all the same. And typically, some of the double din systems do not sound as good as the single din ones. Double Dins usually cost a whole lot more (than single Dins) for mostly the same functionality too.

There are some Double Dins with screens covering the entire double-din area. Here of course the advantage is that you can have a screen (maybe even a touch-screen) on the dash. And some of these also have Processors built in. But then these are in a different range altogether.

Summary: Don't buy it if you don't need to play cassettes. Like you said, use the left-over space to store CDs.
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Short version: Get a Single DIN system (like Hydra says).

Long Version: Original Double DIN systems (60s) were created probably to allow for the heat sinks of the older less effcient HU amps and more space consuming electronics. Also Double DIN systems were less likely to be stolen as they had poor is any resale value most were OEMed for specific car marques.

Then in the 80s and 90s Double DIN were used to allow the use of both cassete and CDs in the car. Today Music's primary format is a Hard disk (not CD) and given that today's Hard disk (backed by mordern compression altorithims) can contain so much music newer Double DINs utilize the "real estate" to provide for touch screens, DVD screens etc.. these modern Double DINs are expensive (read as above 25K).
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I've also heard that Double Din systems are having poor sound quality. Is that true ?
Of late, a lot of Japanese companies have manufatured low cost Double Din systems. Most of the time they are all show and no go.
So in a way, this is true. I am not discussing the higher end DD (ooh DoubleD) systems with screens and flying dogs and cats, but the entry level DD systems. Most sound terrible.
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Why are these called dins ? is it because of the din created when you play them ?
I know it is some sort of a technical term for the mountings, but what is it actually ?
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Short version: Get a Single DIN system (like Hydra says).

Long Version: Original Double DIN systems (60s) were created probably to allow for the heat sinks of the older less effcient HU amps and more space consuming electronics. Also Double DIN systems were less likely to be stolen as they had poor is any resale value most were OEMed for specific car marques.

Then in the 80s and 90s Double DIN were used to allow the use of both cassete and CDs in the car. Today Music's primary format is a Hard disk (not CD) and given that today's Hard disk (backed by mordern compression altorithims) can contain so much music newer Double DINs utilize the "real estate" to provide for touch screens, DVD screens etc.. these modern Double DINs are expensive (read as above 25K).

Very well written. You a writer or something? You know all about past present and seems like future too. Anyways I dont think anyone still is friendly with cassettes. So always go for single din unless and until you buy the "Touchscreen DVD Double Din"
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Of late, a lot of Japanese companies have manufatured low cost Double Din systems. Most of the time they are all show and no go.
So in a way, this is true. I am not discussing the higher end DD (ooh DoubleD) systems with screens and flying dogs and cats, but the entry level DD systems. Most sound terrible.
I agree, DDs only make a nice pair. Not worth considering for the dashboard of your car.
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Very well written. You a writer or something?
Nah! I lived in "the past".
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Why are these called dins ? is it because of the din created when you play them ?
I know it is some sort of a technical term for the mountings, but what is it actually ?
Its called din because it was originally established by the German standards body Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN). And thereafter in 1984 it was adopted as an international standard (ISO 7736).
Head units generally come in either single DIN (180 x 50 mm panel) or double DIN (180 x 100 mm panel) size. The depth is not standard.
Taken from wikipedia
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The Kenwood DD MP3 system that the dealer recommended me lacked any extra features when compared to the Single din system. So is it just a waste of money ?
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yes.
more show than go.
(tried keeping it short)
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Actually, the kenwood in question is no show & no go. Looks terrible.
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single DIN (180 x 50 mm panel) or double DIN (180 x 100 mm panel) size. The depth is not standard.
Or 1.1 DIN, like the HU's made by Becker etc for mostly european cars. They dont fit into single din japanese cars.
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