Well, the engineering/acoustic design intent of most GOOD audio systems is to provide a "concert like" experience for the listener....and that means, yes, music is in front of you. That's independent of where you are listening.And when driving a car the theatre or TV is in front of me?
For example, if I listen to a solo vocalist, say an opera singer, I want the music to appear like the vocalist is right in front of me. Floating in air, if you will. I can literally visualize his/her presence on stage. I don't want their music coming from the back, like it's being reflected from the ceiling or back wall of the symphony hall.
Long before "surround sound" hit the home theatre market, we had other artificial attempts to give the sound a fuller, or more 3D experience...with time delays, echos and reverberations. All artificial...and for some, more desirable. All personal taste.
But for someone to say "something is wrong with the HK system", is just nonsense, and don't really understand how the acoustics of a good system should sound - natural in their replication of the music....and by natural, not just spectral, but positional as well.