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    Terminology

    Can someone help me with some of the terminology i've been seeing on this site?

    What is DIN?
    What is a 'head unit'

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalhedd
    Can someone help me with some of the terminology i've been seeing on this site?

    What is DIN?
    What is a 'head unit'
    DIN is an international standard that applies to dimensions of car audio head-units so they fit the slot(s) provided in the dashboard (DIN is 2" tall).

    A head unit is AKA car stereo receiver (radio).

    Michael Gourlay

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgourlay
    DIN is an international standard that applies to dimensions of car audio head-units so they fit the slot(s) provided in the dashboard (DIN is 2" tall).

    A head unit is AKA car stereo receiver (radio).

    Michael Gourlay
    Ok, so it appears that alot of people are keeping the 'head units' in their car's with the carputer... what's the point of this and how exactly do the 2 function together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalhedd
    Ok, so it appears that alot of people are keeping the 'head units' in their car's with the carputer... what's the point of this and how exactly do the 2 function together?
    the head unit (radio) makes it so you can feed a single audio source from your computer to you car sound system. you dont have to add amps or anything else if you feed the computer sound into the radio.

    also, it allows you to remove the computer and still reatain the ability to have music in the car.

    any car radio *will* work with a computer sound input. you just have to use the proper interface. some radios have auxiliary inputs that can be fed from the computer directly, some have to be hacked for wired installations. radio without auxiliary inputs will use an FM modulator. it transmits a radio signal that you can tune your radio to, in order to listen to the computer. they typically have poor sound quality.

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