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It's really best if you start a discussion in one forum to keep it there.
Since you've started a new thread, I'll reply here and not reply further in the original thread where you brought up this problem.
From the sounds of things, if you've tried a total "rest and reboot" of the machine and this hasn't helped, I'm afraid the next step might be to ask Magnavox/Philips/Funai where you should have the recorder fixed.
As for it being less expensive in the long run to replace the machine, since they're not being made any more, that line of thinking may not be best in this case.
As for firmware updates, I wouldn't even try it until the machine is working normally audio-wise. It could just muddy the waters for the repair people.
Later, when the machine is fixed, make sure that any upgrades to the firmware are meant for YOUR machine. Triple check to be safe.
Not that this will for sure be true in your case, but it's always possible it could be something simple that's easy to fix. Years ago I had a very nice Panasonic VCR that suddenly had one of the audio tracks go silent, but it was an on and off thing.
After several attempts to repair the machine (with me picking it up each time, supposedly fixed, only to get it home and find the problem was still there), the guy at the repair place as a final ready-to-pull-his-hair-out attempt checked something he hadn't thought of before.
There was a loose wire.
Wish you well.