An example sentence would be:

There is some music that is the ____ equivalent of poetry to me.

It's not quite "musical" since I want the word to be more closely related to sound whereas music is a kind of sound. I thought of "sonorous," given its Latin root, but the definition of that is "(of a person's voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full" and I'm looking for a word that is more neutral. I also thought of "phonetic" but that is more closely related to speech.

  • ...Perhaps audio?
    – Bookeater
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:12
  • auditory or aural
    – Drew
    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:17

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I think aural is commonly used in sentences like your example. Technically it's "related to hearing" but I think it gets your point across better than "related to sound," which is "sonic."

aural from Merriam Webster

of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing

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    I added a dictionary definition and a link to make your answer stronger. But it is your answer, and you can edit my edit or rollback if you don't like it.
    – ab2
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:30
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    @ab2 Definitely an improvement; thanks!
    – andyvn22
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:30

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