Hi, I recently bought a used fostex fr2-le from Musician's Friends. When, I started recording, it immediately sounded terrible through the phones jack. There was a great deal of noise, and I had to turn it up nearly all the way to really hear it.
However, when I put the files on my computer they sounded just fine, (except a little quieter than I would expect, even with the input turned all the way up).
So, I need to know while I still have time to return it, is this normal, or is my gear faulty? And if it is normal, is there anyway to improve the monitoring situation? I previously owned an h4n, and now I'm beginning to regret selling it. It never had any problems with the monitoring noise.
It's just a lot of white noise. Looking around the web I've come across a few reviews that say the headphone preamps are pretty bad, but I'm honestly surprised that they're this bad. I'm kind of at a loss, cause I don't think that's something worth trading it in for, especially since the next best thing like a tascam hdp2 would be hundreds of dollars more expensive.
Ultimately, I will be buying a mixer, so I guess I'll just monitor through those anyway.