It doesn't mean it overheated. Some component failed (capacitor, resister, etc) would be my guess. Maybe an electronics engineer will see the question and have a better answer. Good Luck getting it fixed
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From my practice(no theories for now) this could be much more than just a capacitor to go POOFfff but could also set some wires with no exempt to power transformer(depending on circuit protection), PC leads(that could be a tough fix depending on their density and thickness and finally PC-board itself(now that could only be cured if it's not burned to deep or through since the burned area is conducting!).
Building an amplifier is a tough task but building a reliable amplifier is even more tougher. The higher power the amp the higher collector voltages are applied and the tougher to build the amp.
Preamplifier amplifies voltage and most-likely have a low collector voltages as well as relatively low capacitance PS caps. It's possible for the manufacturer to accidentally reverse a polarity of one of the PS electrolytic caps that may cause different failures for example increased voltage drops accross resistors of various applications mainly power-drop or offset ones that will certainly be working in higher than normal temperatures.
BTW do you still have a warranty?