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The negative sounds you are describing are your speakers compressing at higher volumes. The sound of compression is distorting, fatiguing, and comes across as being too loud.
I would guess that at lower volumes the Klipsch sound good. Somewhere between -15 and -5 on the volume the speakers start flinching or compressing causing listening fatigue. The 228 will hold its composure while remaining extremely dynamic and crystal clear at lower and higher volumes past reference.
There are lots of past Klipsch and Definitive Technology owners who switched to JTR for the exact negative reasons you are having. I had a DefTech Mythos ST 9.2 system I scrubbed due to speaker compression at FUN volumes. My wife could not tolerate the sound above -15. With JTRs we commonly go to Reference before she starts insisting that "It's too loud". When that phrase comes out of her mouth Fun time is over. JTR speakers allow for a lot more Fun time then my DefTech system ever did.