I have done both number 2 and 3 while one of my subs was getting fixed. Number 3 worked pretty well. I was using a highpass crossover at the time.
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+1 jl35's crawl test suggestion.
Most any room has an optimum location for a single subwoofer that will result in efficient performance at the listening position.
You'll need a pair of long interconnects and an extension power cord. Monoprice or Blue Jeans cable offer custom length interconnects at reasonable prices.
Playing a test CD or file with a low frequency cadence will aid in hearing the loudest area or mode in your room.
You don't necessarily need to crawl around your room but it can provide a more dramatic sound.
Positioning the subwoofer at or near this area should provide a satisfactory location to begin the other adjustments. Good luck with the aesthetics.
Ideally you want one sub front and center. Front and slightly off center is next best. Avoid the corners. Rear center is another decent option especially if you sit closer to the sub than the front mains. You can get away with a lot with sub placement though when needed especially if sub is set to not do much above 60-80 hz or so.
Hey, and yes, but I didn't know it could happen with a direct radiating subwoofer. :)
The effect you may be having is that the sub is acting like a tuned bass trap, OR you are finding it's reflecting a lot from the speakers. The latter can be tested with a blanket. If the blanket covering the sub fixes your problem it's purely an acoustic reflection issue.
If it sounds about the same it's probably because the sub is sucking an octave out of the room.