I've seen questions like these, about technical issues, cables, electronics...

What's the best way to connect two iPods to one set of amplified speakers? Score: 5, status: Open

Dorset Crosley Record Player table not turning Score: 1, status: Closed

Turntable spins faster after moving to a new country with different power spec Score:1, status: Open

Why is my turntable playing at uneven speed? Score: 5, status: Open

Product Recommendation

Product Question: Fadedge Beats Solo S450 Score: 1, status: Closed

I haven't seen any clear rule about this so I wonder if these questions are on-topic. I feel that these questions are out of scope, but they are still accepted. What are the rules on these?

  • The second question you link should be closed IMO. Product recommendation questions are off-topic pretty much everywhere on the SE network.
    – Mast
    May 22, 2017 at 20:02
  • @Mast, OK, I understand the product recommendation, but what about the other cases...?
    – Bebs
    Oct 19, 2017 at 6:48

2 Answers 2


In my opinion, given our relatively low traffic and question rate, we should allow any answerable, non-spam, non-solely-opinion questions that are in any way on topic, and aren't already covered by another site.

I think the rule in the past has been: instruments and performance/recording equipment questions go to music SE, product recommendations are banned, but music enjoyment equipment questions (record players, home speakers, etc.) ARE on topic here.


In my opinion, product recommendation are clearly off-topic, for several reasons:

  • Primarily opinion based: people will argue about their favourite brands and models, and there is no possible definitive answer.

  • Time dependent: I suppose, Stack Exchange questions and answers shouldn't be time dependent and product recommendation are time dependant (a supposed best product for this or that won't be the same in 5 years) so this kind of questions would require a constant update.

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