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As has been mentioned above, (and as an owner of Klipsch THX surrounds and LCRs of similar / horn design, it's not Audyssey, it's the inherent hotness of horns in a room that is highly reflective, squarish in shape and without diffusion and absorption.
This is a recipe for disaster. Surely these speakers will be more dynamic than MLs, but you're experiencing exactly what you should given your room.
1. Add absorption behind the speakers,
2. Diffusion at side walls at strategic areas,
3. and preferably DSP / EQ to tame the hot spots. Audyssey may not do it.
If I played my own reference audio set up in my own room minus the investment in room treatments and DSP, my ears would be fried, too! Using THX post processing is a band aid but not a solution.
Otherwise, go back to the MLs. Excellent speakers. ANY brand of speakers with horns in your room would be fatiguing. Period.
I prefer horns and am moving to a PHC set up (Pro Audio Technology). They'd be a disaster in your room. Get treatments and EQ and you will be better. Try the Audyssey after you get treatments. If still no good, try DSPs. I'm selling my excellent QSC DSPs/EQ and moving to Trinnov room correction to tame my horns (and my room is fully treated)!
Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.