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Do I need a sound cards for audio editing and what is a good headphones/headset to listen the sound while editing it?
I'm planning to do audio editing, but I'm not sure if sound card is required. I do know headphones/headset is required, but I am not sure which one.

I don't need an expensive sound card that is like over 100 dollar unless that is the minimum amount of it.
Same goes for headphone/headset, I don't need over 50 bucks unless they are the minimum in term of quality.
Which one would you guys recommend me to for sound card and headphone/headset, I am aware that I said "headset." It is because I'll be using it to play video games and use it to chat like TeamSpeak and etc.
     
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Do I need a sound cards for audio editing and what is a good headphones/headset to listen the sound while editing it?
I'm planning to do audio editing, but I'm not sure if sound card is required. I do know headphones/headset is required, but I am not sure which one.
I don't need an expensive sound card that is like over 100 dollar unless that is the minimum amount of it.
Same goes for headphone/headset, I don't need over 50 bucks unless they are the minimum in term of quality.
Which one would you guys recommend me to for sound card and headphone/headset, I am aware that I said "headset." It is because I'll be using it to play video games and use it to chat like TeamSpeak and etc.

I would absolutely suggest an audio card. Onboard can really mess with your end product.
Onboard and a good set of headphones, for that matter. It's rather important.

For audio editing, get a Xonar sound card. Headphones I'm not sure what to recommend.

I do know that you are MUCH better off getting a good pair of headphones and a clip-on microphone. Headsets are usually lacking in quality, with some exceptions. I'd say steer clear of them though, clip-on mics are cheap and well worth the improved sound quality.
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Ya I agree, try something like the Xonar DG which also has an onboard headphone amp.

I have not tried a headset that I would consider good enough to do audio editing, although maybe someone else has. Alternatively get decent audio cans like the Sony MDR XD200 etc and a separate headset for gaming,(Chances are they won't sound great) or use a mic with the cans.
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I would absolutely suggest an audio card. Onboard can really mess with your end product.
Onboard and a good set of headphones, for that matter. It's rather important.
For audio editing, get a Xonar sound card. Headphones I'm not sure what to recommend.
I do know that you are MUCH better off getting a good pair of headphones and a clip-on microphone. Headsets are usually lacking in quality, with some exceptions. I'd say steer clear of them though, clip-on mics are cheap and well worth the improved sound quality.

What brand would you recommend?
     
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What brand would you recommend?

Brand... of sound card?
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Brand... of sound card?

The earbuds and a clip on mic.
     
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What you need is totally dependent on the desired quality of the end result and the nature of the editing you are doing. If you don't need Pro/commercial quality, then anything that has decent quality will get you there as the software is doing the heavy lifting anyway. If you are need Pro Audio results with EQ, dynamics and effects processing changes, then you will need very good monitoring...Typically both good headphones and more than one speaker set so that you can confirm the changes aren't misrepresented when your customer's audience hears them. Keep in mind that headphones will exaggerate stereo imaging & midrange detail, while lacking realistic low frequency representation and providing no 'room feel', so it is important to also listen through both good reference monitors and consumer level speakers before committing...on a realted note teh room itself will have a pronounced affect on the results of your monitor speakers.
My recommendations for phones would be V5 series Sony or Sennheiser HD280 as both are good enough for pro use without being foolishly expensive.
For a soundcard, any decent (read low noise, high dynamic range) external unit will be fine for stereo work in most applications. If you are doing multichannel, then obviously you need to get a unit with sufficient outputs. MOTU and RME are the most common pro brands, there are a slew of less expensive brands & models targeting musicians & entry level studio work that are decent and more affordable though they often have more spotty driver support.
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