Let me clear something up first; yes, I know that this is the gaming/console/et al forum but what I want to discuss is a little more technical than this (geddit?)
Anyway, I (as well as millions of other people) bought a Sega Megadrive (a.k.a. Genesis for U.S customers) Retro as a Christmas present for someone else. Anyway, I was there when they opened it (extremely happy faces all round) and turned it on. I was happy to see that it did indeed work as advertised. it wasn't perfect as the controllers are IR and are therefore a little bit temperamental if you are not directly in front of the console. All the games (some of which are "ports" of other games e.g. Dr Robonik's Mean Bean Machine is called "Columns".)
Anyway, I was listening to the sound and whilst it isn't as good as an original Megadrive (Genesis) it wasn't as bad as I had feared. Later on I figured what it was that made it sound different - it is only using the left channel of the audio and not mixing the left and right into one (as there is only one audio output AV socket.)
This got me to thinking if this console genuinely cannot output more than one audio channel or if the manufacturer (ATgames) just didn't put a right channel audio output on the console to save money.
Essentially, what I would like to ask you, the brilliant RT community, if anyone is aware of someone modding one of these consoles to make the sound come out in stereo to make it sound more "natural"?
Yes, I could use an Android device with a controller and ROMs to get a better result, but I would prefer to do this without resorting to pirating 25+ year old games. I am not afraid to do a little soldering and/or rewiring.
Yes, for those of you who are wondering, I do have an original Sega Megadrive II with assorted cartridges, so I do know what it is supposed to sound like.