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You might try changing the receiver's "Reference Level Offset" or turning off DynEQ entirely to see if they help.
"Back stage too loud" can also be a result of how Audyssey designed DynEQ. When you listen at a sound level below reference (below 80 on the absolute volume scale, at negative values on the relative scale), DynEQ boosts the bass and (to a lesser extent) the treble to compensate for our hearing being less sensitive to those frequencies at lower volume levels. That part of DynEQ is OK. Unfortunately, Audyssey (the company) also decided to boost the relative sound level coming from the rear speaker channels, which is not so OK.
Marantz SR7009 avr + MM9000 amp --> Atmos 7.1.4
Fronts=NHT 2.9+AC2, FH+TM=DefTech PM1000, LCR+TM amped