I think it helps, although it's hard to say since I'm not sitting where the drummer is. If anything it should be louder. I played drums for 3 years and it's nothing but a rumble back behind the band. Anything that can define the sound is a huge plus. And I think some commented that it currently is a luxury and that its mostly effective at acoustic volumes. If it were louder it would increase its usefulness. Certainly it can't hurt anything.