I'm trying to evaluate speakers that will sound good with our Roland TD-9 V-Tour e-drums. The TD-9 sounds pretty decent with headphones.
When the e-drums are plugged into a Mackie 808S powered mixer with Mackie speakers, the e-drums don't sound very good through the Mackie system (lacking bass kick). But when I play recorded music mp3 through the Mackie system, the drums on the mp3 sound much better.
Why is that? Is it because the recorded music playback is at lower levels? Is it because recorded music is compressed (less dynamic range than live)?