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I have the same unit. My best recommendation would be to remove all speaker wiring, and try new wiring with another pr of speakers,since the "outdoor " speakers were rained on. the protect mode that the unit went into sounds like it did because the speaker outputs were shorted due to the rain, so ensure that the speaker output terminals are not shorted and dry...also see if output is still availalable at the headphone jack...if it is, the pre-amp section is still good , in which case the protect mode and no volume output out of the speaker jacks may mean that youve blown the ouput trasnsistor finals. I hope this helps.
I have had this problem several times with Sony receivers in the past. The issue may be frustrating but these receivers are idiot proof. It is doing you a favor by tripping and not setting your house on fire as well.
Many things like improper wire crossing or touching due to too much of the insulation stripped off can cause this. Thunder storms and power surges as well have been known do this to Sony receivers.
Unplug the unit and remove the cover. Look for any blown fuses as sometimes this is the problem. Take the fuse to a Radioshack to find new ones. However, it is likely you will need to take it in for repairs. This usually costs around $100. Find a local electronics repair shop in your area ( "TV Reapir in the yellow pages") or call Sony to send it to them.