Good news, In my haste to start listening to the speakers right away, I didn't notice that the receiver was set to VMAx mode. According to HK's website, "VMAx® creates a three-dimensional sound field using only conventional left and right front speakers. The result is sound that fills a room and puts you at front row, center."
It's kind of a strange effect. It definitely sounds different when it's on and perhaps sounds a little fuller or richer. I like it alright, but with VMAx off, the sound is a little cleaner to my ears. Also, I don't feel the need to turn down the treble anymore, so no more feeling of brightness! I still think I might invest in a nice musical sub down the road, but I'm very happy. I had the house to myself for another hour so I made the most of it by listening to more CD's.
Oh yeah, FordPrefect - The new spikes *are* very nice.