The shop called me and said that my unit is ready........But. He said that they replaced the HDMI board with a new Onkyo product, but after doing so, there was still an issue, but now it was with the power supply. So the owner of the shop "stayed late last night, found some parts lying around, and did some soldering".
Gotta say, I do appreciate his effort, but I will never be able to use it now knowing that he "Frankensteined" my 709. I will always be wondering if it's working correctly or not, and that will bug the crap out of me.......... I'm really, really bummed about this.
I don't want to get the shop or the owner "in trouble" with Onkyo, but I don't know what to do beside just putting my once beloved 709 on eBay and just cut my losses.
Mod, do you have any suggestions for me other than living with it, or selling it?