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So here are my criteria for a new subwoofer, I've done a fair amount of research but it never hurts to tap the collective wisdom.

1) Subwoofer must handle at least 900 watts RMS, because that's what it's getting. 500 to 900 watt subs may also work, so long as they are

*severely*underrated, such as my Xtant.

2) Subwoofer must meet or exceed 87 dB/1w/1m. Audiobahn-style ratings don't count. I want a sub that is at least as efficient as the Xtant, possibly more.

3) Subwoofer must be a good fit for my ported box. The box is perfect for my Xtant, it is a 2.7 CF net box @ 28 Hz and plays really low. Gross volume is 3.8 cubes if you care, and cross-sectional port area is 32 square inches. The box is too large to ever come out of my trunk, unless I get out the chain saw, and it is well-built, so I prefer to keep it.

4) Subwoofer must maintain good sound quality at high output. That's why I said SQ/SPL subs in the title.

5) Sub must be able to run at 2 ohms. So dual 4 ohm, dual 1 ohm, single 2 ohm, quad 2 ohm, quad .5 ohm, etc. I'm assuming it will be dual 4. This is so I can get all the juice out of my amp, I don't want to replace the amp.

6) Here's the clincher, the sub must be priced $300 or less. If I find one under $150, that would be amazing, but I'm willing to spend up to $300 if needed.

The first candidate on my list is an RE SX12D4, which is rated for 1000 watts RMS and and sports an 88.1 dB sensitivity rating. Please let me know what other subs might work, I know there must be more to choose from.