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I was recently involved in a discussion on headphones, and realized I came short on a word for 'Audio' that could be used in the same way the word 'optically' is used for 'Optics'.

For example, I could say, "Lens A is optically superior to Lens B".

Is there such an equivalent word for 'audio'?

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  • This is something to look up for yourself. In fact, ‘aurally’ is often used (aures is Latin for ears). – Tuffy Apr 14 '18 at 21:07
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    I think "aurally" corresponds to "visually", not to "optically". – GEdgar Apr 14 '18 at 23:05
  • @GEdgar since both of those mean "with the eyes", not sure what you're trying to say ;o) ... – Will Crawford Apr 14 '18 at 23:20
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    "fidelity" is a word used with audio speaker quality I believe .. it is also used with "video fidelity" "headphones 'A' are higher fidelity than headphones 'B'" – Tom22 Apr 14 '18 at 23:22
  • Otically. I had a nice answer written up, but alas ... – Will Crawford Apr 14 '18 at 23:45
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"Music A is aurally superior to Music B".

aural TFD

Of, relating to, or perceived by the ear.

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Headphone A is sonically superior to headphone B.

sonic: utilizing, produced by, or relating to sound waves sonic altimeter; broadly : of or involving sound sonic pollution

A quote from Popular Mechanics

[...] the analog record player will be joining the mothball fleet of museum artifacts, made obsolete after 100 years of service by the sonic superiority of the digital audio compact disc.

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    ... How wrong they were... :-) – Jim Apr 14 '18 at 22:32

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