Sound Devices MixPre-10T/6-series Comparison Chart

Having trouble deciding whether a venerable Sound Devices 6-series mixer or the new MixPre-10T hotness would be a better fit for your kit? We've pulled together a handy comparison chart (with an assist from Sound Devices) to help you out!

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Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of every benefit/difference, but just some key points, subject to change by firmware update.
MixPre-10T 688 664 633
Price $1,799 $5,998 $4,498 $3,328
Dimensions 8.15" x 6.88" x 1.4" 12.6" x 7.8" x 2.1" 12.6" x 7.8" x 2.1" 9.4” x 5.6 x 2.2"
Weight 2 lbs 4 lbs, 14 oz 4 lbs, 12 oz 2 lbs, 9 oz.
Mic/Line 8 XLR/TRS combo 6 XLR 6 XLR 3 XLR
Line Only 3.5mm (2 ch), unbalanced 6 TA3 6 TA3 3 TA3
Camera Returns (1) via shared Aux In (2) 10-pin Hirose, (1) 3.5mm (2) 10-pin Hirose, (1) 3.5mm (1) 3.5mm
AES42 Digital Mic Inputs None 2 2 1
AES3 Inputs None 2 (4 ch) 2 (4 ch) 1 (2 ch)
Dedicated Com Return No Yes Yes No
External Slate Mic Input None TA3 TA3 None
Built in Slate Mic Yes Yes, w/routing Yes, w/routing Yes, w/routing
Balanced (XLR) None 2 (L/R) 2 (L/R) 2 (L/R)
Balanced (TA3) 2 4 4 2
Unbalanced 3.5mm (2 ch) (2) TA3, 3.5mm (2 ch) (2) TA3, 3.5mm (2 ch) 3.5mm (2 ch)
Headphone Outs (1) 3.5mm (2) 3.5mm and 1/4" (2) 3.5mm and 1/4" (1) 1/4"
Headphone User Presets 4 10 10 10
I/O Routing Basic Advanced Advanced Advanced
Recording Tracks 12 16 16 10
Audio File Formats Poly WAV Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3 Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3 Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3
Preroll Buffer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual Media Recording No Yes Yes Yes
Record Media SD card SD and CompactFlash cards SD and CompactFlash cards SD and CompactFlash cards
Auto-copy to USB Thumbdrive Yes No No No
Recording Folder Levels 1 3 3 3
Physical Channel Knobs (1) Fader or Trim (3) Trim, Fader, Pan (4) Trim, Fader, Pan, HPF (3) Trim, Fader, Pan
Physical PFL switches None Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Mixing None Dugan, Mix Assist None Dugan, Mix Assist
Analog Input Limiters Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limiter options On/Off On/Off, Threshold, Knee On/Off, Threshold, Knee On/Off, Threshold, Knee
Time Code Generator/Reader Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerSafe, Quick Boot No Yes No Yes
USB Audio Interface Yes No No No
Wingman Control Yes Yes (w/ WM-Connect) Yes (w/ WM-Connect) Yes (w/ WM-Connect)
3rd Party Remote Control None Ambient, Timecode Systems Ambient, Timecode Systems Ambient, Timecode Systems
LCD Touch, 1.6" 2.4" 2.4" 2.4"
Metering Views 3 3 (user-configurable) 3 (user-configurable) 3 (user-configurable)
Track names in meters No Yes Yes Yes
Metering Ballistics/Peak Hold Fixed User-selectable User-selectable User-selectable
Take List/Metadata Editing Yes Yes Yes Yes
File List No Yes Yes Yes
SL-6 Compatible No Yes No No
CL-12 Compatible No Yes Yes Yes
CL-6 Compatible No Yes Yes No