Rotel? Arcam? go give those a listen.
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Have you considered biamping your VT2's? Perhaps use the receiver for the mids/highs and a small amp for the bass, preferably one with gain controls so you could tailor the sound to your liking. I personally believe 80 watts is plenty for a semi-efficient speaker like yours, provided you have ample headroom.
That's weird. On most of the HT systems I've set up I get comparitively more bass when switching to CD. Maybe your receiver settings are not correct for 2-channel playback. I recall that one receiver I used would cut off the bass to the main speakers unless you set the "subwoofer" to "N" for no/off... You may also have to set the main speakers to their "Large" mode, if you have not already done so. Maybe dusting off that instruction booklet would be a good idea.
Could it be that somehow the speakers are not in phase? Perhaps through some signal processing on the TV setting it makes up for that. Just for fun, try reversing one set of speaker wires at one speaker, then listen to music. Any better?
The other possibility is the room is screwing things up. Move around the room. Hear any bass anywhere (on music?) If so, then you are sitting in an area of bass attenuation, common to bass problems. How to fix? Move speakers or seat.