Received my 9.8 yesterday. I ordered about mid-September. The dealer received 3, and all were spoken for including mine. Sounds like another shipment must have arrived recently.
I purchased the Pioneer Elite 94TXH while I was waiting. It operates flawlessly. I was concerned about HDMI issues with my BD player, DVD player, HD satellite box and/or projector, but everything works perfectly through the 94. It's going to come down to which unit has the fewest HDMI issues (the 94 has none), which unit has the fewest 'significant' operational quirks (the 94 has none), and which unit sounds the best (the 94 is the best processor I've had in my system thus far). One or the other will be listed within the next week or so.