David, I saw you have the Magix when I googled them on BPL. I appreciate your thoughts. I am inclined towards them simply because they have the more substantial spikes than the KTS. They also have more traditional, better proven straps, and I'm glad to hear they aren't uncomfortable.
I saw those prices, though not the Hillsounds, and had the same thought about ordering anti-balling plates separately. Glad I'm not the only one frugal enough to think of it.