Need opinions on which way to go next
I started out with a pair of GTO804 subs, sealed 2 ohm at 400 watts. Sounded pretty good overall but I was looking for more. So I upgraded to a Skar VVX-12 in 2 cubes at 32Hz, 2 ohms at the same 400 watts. Seems I went to the other extreme. It sounds good on some songs, but overall it is a bit overpowering and boomy. The enclosure was professionally designed and built. Neither setup delivers the sound I am looking for. I'm thinking that maybe ported just isn't for me.
I'm looking for some opinions on where to go next. it seems I need to be somewhere in the middle of these configurations I have tried. So far I've been recommended to just replace the Skar with an AA Havoc in the same box, or perhaps go with either the Havoc or an Fi Q with the high QTS in the max size recommended sealed box. It was also suggested that I put the Skar in a transmission line box, although I don't think I have the room for that option.
I have also considered either the IDQ or Boston G3, going with either a single 12" or two 10" sealed. With any of these options above, I am going to have to up my power, so my amp isn't a consideration at this point. Experimenting is getting too expensive, so I really need to hit the mark on this 3rd try.
Vehicle: '99 Ford F-150 Extended Cab / '98 Chevy Cavalier LS
Head Unit: Kenwood KDC-X997 / Kenwood KIV-BT900 w/ HD Radio
Sub: FI Audio x12 4ohm w/BP 1cu ft sealed / 2 GTO804's 1.4 cu ft @28Hz
Sub Amp: Hifonics BRZ1700.1d /
Front Door Speakers: Massive Audio CK6 / Massive Audio CK6x
Rear Door Speakers: Boston Acoustics SL80 / Massive Audio VX69
Amp: MBQuart DSC4125 / Massive Audio NX5
Wiring: All Knukonceptz
Sound Deadening: eDead 45 / AT60 / Murder mat BL
References: Retroaudioinc, davidtemple, cd6551, double07, Ssteele18