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Sound Devices 6-Series Comparison

Thursday, 13 August 2020  |  Pinknoise

Sound Devices 6-Series Comparison

Sound Devices Recorders
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of every benefit/difference, but just some key points.
 
688
664
633
Price £6,060 £5,328 £3,546
Dimensions 32 x 19.8 x 5.3 cm 32 x 19.8 x 5.3 9.4” x 5.6 x 2.2"
Weight 2.2 kg 2.1 kg 1.1 kg
Inputs
Mic/Line 6 XLR 6 XLR 3 XLR
Line Only 6 TA3 6 TA3 3 TA3
Camera Returns (2) 10-pin Hirose, (1) 3.5mm (2) 10-pin Hirose, (1) 3.5mm (1) 3.5mm
AES42 Digital Mic Inputs 2 2 1
AES3 Inputs 2 (4 ch) 2 (4 ch) 1 (2 ch)
Dedicated Com Return Yes Yes No
External Slate Mic Input TA3 TA3 None
Built in Slate Mic Yes, w/routing Yes, w/routing Yes, w/routing
Outputs
Balanced (XLR) 2 (L/R) 2 (L/R) 2 (L/R)
Balanced (TA3) 4 4 2
Unbalanced (2) TA3, 3.5mm (2 ch) (2) TA3, 3.5mm (2 ch) 3.5mm (2 ch)
Headphone Outs (2) 3.5mm and 1/4" (2) 3.5mm and 1/4" (1) 1/4"
Headphone User Presets 10 10 10
I/O Routing Advanced Advanced Advanced
Recording
Recording Tracks 16 16 10
Audio File Formats Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3 Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3 Poly WAV, Mono WAV, mp3
Preroll Buffer Yes Yes Yes
Dual Media Recording Yes Yes Yes
Record Media SD and CompactFlash cards SD and CompactFlash cards SD and CompactFlash cards
Auto-copy to USB Thumbdrive No No No
Recording Folder Levels 3 3 3
Features
Physical Channel Knobs (3) Trim, Fader, Pan (4) Trim, Fader, Pan, HPF (3) Trim, Fader, Pan
Physical PFL switches Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Mixing Dugan, Mix Assist None Dugan, Mix Assist
Analog Input Limiters Yes Yes Yes
Limiter options On/Off, Threshold, Knee On/Off, Threshold, Knee On/Off, Threshold, Knee
Time Code Generator/Reader Yes Yes Yes
PowerSafe, Quick Boot Yes No Yes
USB Audio Interface No No No
Wingman Control Yes (w/ WM-Connect) Yes (w/ WM-Connect) Yes (w/ WM-Connect)
3rd Party Remote Control Ambient, Timecode Systems Ambient, Timecode Systems Ambient, Timecode Systems
LCD 2.4" 2.4" 2.4"
Metering Views 3 (user-configurable) 3 (user-configurable) 3 (user-configurable)
Track names in meters Yes Yes Yes
Metering Ballistics/Peak Hold User-selectable User-selectable User-selectable
Take List/Metadata Editing Yes Yes Yes
File List Yes Yes Yes
Compatibility
SL-6 Compatible Yes No No
CL-12 Compatible Yes Yes Yes
CL-6 Compatible Yes Yes No

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