ISO 7736

International standard ISO 7736 defines a standard size for car audio head units and enclosures. The standard was originally established by the German standards body Deutsches Institut für Normung as DIN 75490, and is therefore commonly referred to as the "DIN car radio size". It was adopted as an international standard in 1984.

Head units generally come in either single DIN (180 x 50 mm panel) or double DIN (180 x 100.3 mm panel) size. The depth is not standardized; as a result, some cars such as the Opel Manta / Ascona have the correct sized front aperture but will accommodate few DIN sized radios other than the original due to the shallow depth; this despite the vehicle being manufactured as late as 1988. The US standard for a DIN radio is 6.83" x 2" (although the actual 180 mm width converts to something like 7-3/32" so most people use 7-1/8" to allow for clearance) and the Double DIN sized radio is a 7" x 4". Some radios in Japanese Kei cars do not conform to the DIN standard however.

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Uniden BCT-15 mobile radio scanner with screw taps for ISO 7736 mounting brackets in a vehicle dashboard

Removal tools

For removing the unit, a pair of U-shaped devices are often used. The devices are inserted in the two pairs of holes, at either end of the stereo fascia, the action releasing the unit from the mounting and providing a pair of handles to pull the unit free. These tools vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Becker uses a pair of key-shaped removal tools, with one hole each. Often a set of thin screwdrivers will work just as well.


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Uniden Bearcat BCT-15

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Blaupunkt Hamburg MP57

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Single DIN spacer pocket

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Rack braces and screw mounts exposed for single DIN installation

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Double DIN combining a single DIN head unit and a single DIN compact disc player

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Cobra 18 WX ST II CB mobile radio

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Uniden BCT-15 installed into double DIN using a spacer pocket

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Sony MEX-BT2500 installed into single DIN

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Sony MEX-BT2500 head unit installed in upper single DIN, spacer pocket and Uniden BCT-15 radio scanner installed in lower double DIN

USDM 1991 Legacy LS CD Player

1.5 DIN OEM stereo with optional DIN sized CD player

Autoradio panasonic

Single DIN head unit

Alpine double din head unit in infiniti g35 coupe

Alpine double DIN head unit

Pioneer FH-P80BT

Pioneer FH-P80BT double DIN head unit, installed in a 1995 Volvo 960.

Volvo SC800 double din

Volvo SC-800 double DIN head unit, installed in a 1995 Volvo 960.

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Automotive head unit

An automotive head unit, sometimes referred to as a deck, is a component of an automotive infotainment, which provides a unified hardware interface (mainly, the screen and buttons) for the entire system.

Antiquated names for head unit are receiver, in-dash stereo or dash stereo.

Connectors for car audio

Several types of connectors for car audio systems are used.

DIN 43700

DIN 43700, was the specification by the Deutsches Institut für Normung for nominal front- and cut-out dimensions of measurement and control instruments for panel mounting. It has now been superseded by DIN IEC 61554:2002-08.

List of International Organization for Standardization standards, 5000-7999

This is a list of published International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and other deliverables. For a complete and up-to-date list of all the ISO standards, see the ISO catalogue.The standards are protected by copyright and most of them must be purchased. However, about 300 of the standards produced by ISO and IEC's Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) have been made freely and publicly available.

Vehicle audio

Vehicle audio is equipment installed in a car or other vehicle to provide in-car entertainment and information for the vehicle occupants. Until the 1950s it consisted of a simple AM radio. Additions since then have included FM radio (1952), 8-Track tape players, Cassette Players, CD players (1984), DVD players, Blu-ray players, navigation systems, Bluetooth telephone integration, and smartphone controllers like CarPlay and Android Auto. Once controlled from the dashboard with a few buttons, they can now be controlled by steering wheel controls and voice commands.

Initially implemented for listening to music and radio, vehicle audio is now part of car telematics, telecommunication, in-vehicle security, handsfree calling, navigation, and remote diagnostics systems. The same loudspeakers may also be used to minimize road and engine noise with active noise control, or they may be used to augment engine sounds, for instance making a smaller engine sound bigger.

ISO standards by standard number

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