'Aesthetically pleasing' most commonly refers to something that looks good.

But is there a term that describes something that sounds good? I've seen the term euphonious when I looked it up, is this quite a common term? (As a native I personally haven't heard it)

  • Usually when something sounds good you'd say it's "pleasing to the ear" or "music to my ears", though the latter is more often used for good news rather than a literally pleasing sound. Apr 3, 2016 at 15:31
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    @inazuma "acoustically pleasing"
    – Elian
    Apr 3, 2016 at 15:57
  • Sounds sweet covers a lot of situations. There are several descriptive terms that imply pleasant sounding. Dulcet, mellisonant and mellifluous are possibilities. Sonorous voices are pleasing, but the word doesn't mean that. It means a deep rich voice and a well-crafted delivery. I wouldn't try to use euphonious at a muffler shop.
    – Phil Sweet
    Apr 3, 2016 at 16:27
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    @PhilSweet I added dulcet before I noticed your comment. Several of your suggestions would make good answers.
    – bib
    Apr 3, 2016 at 16:58
  • @bib None of them are very common terms, that's why I didn't post as an answer. I thought a better one would show up.
    – Phil Sweet
    Apr 4, 2016 at 0:02

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Consider melodious

  1. Of, relating to, or containing a pleasing succession of sounds; tuneful.
  2. Agreeable to hear: a melodious voice; the melodious song of a bird.

American Heritage

While the term tends to be used with musical sounds, it can have broader application.

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