A quick guide for beginners to the common abbreviations associated with car monitors or auto electronics entertainment systems.The so called car DVD monitor system has gained incredible popularity mainly due to enthusiasts of “car modding” or “suped cars” – so as you might expect with anything that combines hobbyist enthusiasts with cool gadgets, there’s a fair bit of jargon to sort through especially if you are a car audio monitor newbie.
Changer – a CD changer; a device which holds several CDs and plays them on demand without having to eject or manually sort discs. Needless to say you can now get DVD changers too.Crossover – a device that limits the range of frequencies sent to different speakers.DIN – it basically stands for “Deutsches Institutar Normung” (DIN, the German Institute for Standardization), similar to ISO. The relevance for car DVD systems is that DIN means a standard sized dashboard slot, so 1 DIN means the device takes up one slot, and 2 DIN means the unit is ‘double-decker’ and uses the space of two slots.
Examples of a 1 DIN and 2 DIN Car MonitorsDTS – “Digital Theater Systems” multichannel audio – simply another surround-sound standard like Dolby Digital – Pretty relx hk pointless in your car but it’s another thing to show-off. DVD-A – DVD audio – Similar to a music CD with the exception of more features and higher quality.RF – Radio Frequency – Refers to things such as wireless headphones. RF is generally better than Infra Red because you do not have to be in the clear unobstructed transmission or line of sight wireless transmitter.
Inverter – A power supply device that you can plug into your car dashboard cigarette lighter to supply AC to energy-demanding devices. In-dash – A device such as a in car DVD player installed in your dashboard, usually in the same slot of your old car radio. GPS – Global Positioning System – this essentially means navigation / map display software linking to a signal receiver and a readout on your car monitor or screen. GUI – Graphical User Interface – ie: you can control the device using on-screen menus, often with a touch screen monitor.
Headliner – The coverings that make up the ceiling / roof inside your car. Modulator – A FM transmitter that turns an audio input source, for example an MP3 player or audio line-in, into a radio signal for you to tune into using your car stereo.Monitor – A display screen that receives a signal from a car DVD player or car TV tuner – if a product is described as simply a “Monitor” it typically means it does NOT include the actual player such as a car DVD player unit. This is fine if you are buying each unit separately or you are building a full in-car entertainment system piece by piece.