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My mac is hooked up to my receiver via analog cables. I have never had any problems, but now for some reason when in stereo mode I only get sound out of the right speaker. I'm only looking for 2.1 sound obviously. When I change the surround modes the majority of them have no left channel. Virtual mode does have both for some reason. How do I get regular 2.1 Stereo sound back? (I have a 18 month old daughter that may have button mashed the receiver)

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The most common problem at cases like yours is the jack to RCA cable that connects your mac to the Denon amplifier. This is a cable like this:
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Usually there is an internal cut at one of the ends. Check this cable and in case of a problem replace it; it's very cheap. A quick test is to reverse the RCA jacks at the amplifier's side; if you get sound from the left speaker you can be sure that one channel of the cable is faulty. At the "virtual mode" your system is trying to create a stereo image so it's logical to have "pseudo" audio from the left speaker.

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