They are far worse than ever. The Marantz AV 7005 preamp/processor manual was a nightmare. To adapt Mark Twain's comment about James Fenimore Cooper's writing, when given a choice between the correct word and the approximate word, they invariably select the approximate word. Sometimes the approximation isn't even close. One would think that "Surround Parameter" would have something to do with surround, rather than dialog EQ that is applied to either the center (not surround) channel only, or to all channels in general -- they're not telling. Several functions are misnamed. The reader is sent from page to page through the manual to answer questions that are only sometimes answered. So one emails, gets a fishy answer, then emails again and gets a contradictory answer, and then telephones to get a tie-breaker. They need to test their manuals with a variety of readers.
Edited by garygarrison - 9/10/13 at 5:21pm