So, I went down this whole road of replacing my old trusty HK AVR 20 as well as my Infinity bookshelf speakers after the speakers kept blowing and I determined the front left channel on my HK receiver was toast.
So I got a new Onkyo TX-SR506, Polk Monitor 40's and a Polk PSW505. Not a bad upgrade. But as soon as I hooked up the PS2 through my receiver I noticed there was no audio from the left channel again. My wife chimed in and asked if it was dangerous and my initial thought was "Oh no, I just need to check the cables." Then I thought of the repercussions and immediately shut everything off. I checked the cable from the PS2. It's a brand new Monster cable that has component video out and L/R RCA audio. It previously had the stock supplied composite video/audio and that cable also had the problem so I'm pretty sure it's not in the cable. I then borrowed the Toslink from my DVD player and hooked it up to the PS2 and "voila!" problem solved. The optical out gives me full stereo where the L/R audio from the combined audio/video out is dropping the Left channel.
So, okay, I figured that much out but my real question is could there be some distorted signal that is in-audible being output by the PS2's left channel that fried both my receiver and the subsequent speakers hooked up to it? If so, that really pisses me off, but secondly do you think it's safe to continue using if I hook up audio to the optical out? I'm just skeptical of the whole thing now and am not going to risk over $700 in new components to test out a $129 PS2.
Does anyone know of places that can test the PS2 or repair it? Or would it be even worth it? Game Stop looks like they sell refurb's for around $60.
Thanks in advance for any help. If I don't get an answer at least maybe this will serve as a warning to some and prevent future loss!