From the original proposal, all of the questions with a score above 10 were about music itself: genres, artists, analysis, and the like (with the exception of
How can I determine the lowest quality encoding a music file went through?). Now the we're in private beta, there are starting to be more questions about the act of listening to music rather than the music itself:
- Does the type of music you listen to factor into determining which speakers to buy?
- What is the bitrate threshold for recordings sounding better/truer?
- How can I know if I'm damaging my hearing when listening to headphones?
These are overall, pretty well-stated, specific questions, but do they belong here? I think they open the door to much poorer questions, like
What are the best headphones for X genre? or
What is the maximum dB volume of speaker X?
In my opinion, these questions are about audio instead of being about music, and should be off-topic.
Going through the original Area 51 example questions, I could only find three questions relating to audio/the act of listening to music out of the 94 questions. And only 2 of them had reasonable scores: