I run my Foz direct from the tonearm connections (JMW 10.5i). Are your tonearm outputs balanced too? If so I'd go with XLR/RCA adapters rather than take the output from a phonostage or preamp. Just my take.
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Stringreen,the difference may be in your use of balanced (XLR) cables, where the output tends to be substantially higher than with unbalanced RCAs (which I'm kinda forced to use). I tried upping the phonostage gain but the needle never goes above "8" on the Foz' meter when I take the signal from the tape outputs on my Aesthetix Calypso.