I recently bought Zildjian low volume cymbals, cheap Evans Sound Off tom mutes and a Sabian 14" pad with a real head and rim. I practice with Tama's metronome and can hear it without problem. Sometimes I practice with music through the computer speakers and that works great too. It doesn't sound as good as my Roland kit, granted, but it feels like a real drum kit, well it is. So I'm going to sell the e-kit.