Originally Posted by dpmacd
Thanks for the feedback.
My listening room is rather small and for the type of music I listen to, I am looking for something that has tight and accurate bass, rather than boomy and powerful. So a high quality 8" or 10" woofer would probably be best.
What is the difference in sound between ported and sealed?
Driver size is not about "tight and accurate" in the way that you think. The best sounding subs often have very large drivers.
So if you are not worried about the size or the amount of bass, still might be that the best sounding sub can be a bigger driver.
Has your budget increased? $200-300 is probably not enough to be thinking about sealed subs.
I've heard that the Atlantic Technology SB-900 may be a clone (same manufacturer/different branding) of the Outlaw M8. I have never been able to confirm that.
None of the other 8" subs you have listed will be better overall subs than the Outlaw and HSU. Those two are best in that size class for under $300.
The Impact-10 is not known for being a good sounding sub for the money. It's popular because of the Velodyne name.