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I ran Vandersteen subs for years. The Vandersteen sub system with the crossover before the amplifier does integrate very well. The problem is the crossover is not transparent. As I upgraded my system I moved to the battery biased m5-hp crossover which is more transparent than the stock cossover but still smears precise sounds like higher frequency plucked strings and well recorded vocals. For a while I ran the subs with rock and roll and would remove them for jazz. I finally got tired of this and moved the Vandersteen subs into the home theater systemEnter your text ...
Not be difficult to place or make settings.
Overwhelmed by self equalization.
Self equalizing subwoofers, which are far less overwhelming than manual adjusting, would address five or six of your needs with the exception of your budget.
A decent subwoofer will serve you well regardless of any future system changes.
On the other hand some people find a poorly integrated subwoofer better than no sub at all.
Capitola is about 45 minutes from Digital Drive. Using my third generation of Velodyne a pair of DD 12 Plus. I've been there a few times over the years because of my own mistakes and they have been generous.
The EQ Max seems to be a well conceived yet economical DSP processor. At this price more two channel users will discover the usefulness of remote adjustability and get a taste of the DD potential.
I am very pleased with the DSpeaker Antimode 8033 equalization. I would never again use a sub without this or something similar. It is far more important than the choice of the sub itself.
Your room is small, so you do not want a sub that goes very low or is too bulky. SVS SB1000 comes to mind, even if the combination with the Antimode exceeds your budget.