Are drum amps necessary or can speakers suffice?

I bought a Alesis drum set last December. I don't have a drum amp yet therefore I tried hooking up to two boombox stereos however the sound is week despite both the module volume and the stereo volume turned up. When I used a computer or ihome speaker it sounds slightly louder but still quiet some drums are barely audible. Earphones sound fine though. I wonder is it because its only competitable with drum amps and earphones. So is an amp a must?
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  • Hello jcs,

    Thanks for posting. I'd like to help! No, drum amps are not necessary. Your output sound depends which drum set you have. What are you using for an Alesis drum set?
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  • I use DM6USB kit. It appears all the normal speakers no matter how loud I turn the volume up in both the module, the individual drum volume settings all to maximum, or the speaker/stereo itself the drum sound cannot outwit the noise of banging on the rubber itself particular for the base peddle. Though however the music effects work well as with sound from earphones. Tom 1 and Tom 3 and the base is very hard to hear through speakers. The others are marginally better. So I wonder are the speakers not compatible thats why it cannot be amplified loud enough. The boomboxes I use are usually loud playing its own sound. The music effect and metronome is loud as well just not the drum beats no matter how hard I strike it.
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