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Before Buying a Double DIN Head Unit

The universal Cable or ISO

Just so you know, all car radios that are purchased come with a universal cable or ISO. But many experts who manufacture cars of many different brands claim that the connector that is convenient is not the ISO. So to connect any double DIN head unit to the car, you should buy the adapter cable which any workshop that install stereos will provide. Not only does it cost a lot, but also you need to throw away some stuff to put it in position. It costs between 10 and 20 Euros.

The frame

All car radios are manufactured in 2 types of different standard: 1 DIN or 2 DIN standard which is the largest. The problem here is that car manufacturers put in the car a radio that, in many cases, does not follow the size standard that I mentioned earlier. The result is that if you want to change it, you may have a gap in one of the sides of the radio. This is no problem because plastic frames are made for all car models and they fit almost any type of car radio even if it is 1 DIN or 2 DIN head unit. The only downside is that we have to invest more. Fortunately, it is not much. Maybe it is just 10 or 15 Euros, but you have to add it to the price of the 2 DIN head unit.

The 2 DIN head unit can be controlled from the steering wheel?

Many cars have the cool steering wheel with which you can control the car radio by the radio buttons. But if you change the radio into a double DIN head unit, forget about it unless you buy the adapter cable for it. This adapter, so-called interface, is more complex than a simple cable. The only drawback is that this interface costs money. If your car is new maybe it is worth making the investment. But if the car is old and you are thinking about changing it, I do not think it is worthwhile to buy the adapter. Many radios which are in the box or can be purchased separately have a small remote control that is placed on the steering wheel. It is not only very comfortable but at least you do not have to be turning the head to touch a button.