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One of the problems you may have is that people are most familiar with the subs that are good value to everyone. So you may have trouble getting recommendations out of that list
As far as dual subs, you pick one sub you like and then just get a second exactly the same. What happens is when you only have one sub, you tend to have parts of the room that have more bass than others. Two can then be distributed in such a way that the bass response will be more even throughout. You might have two sort of on opposite sides of your setup in the front soundstage. Or you might place one near one corner and one near the opposite corner. Sort of depends on the room and your placement options.
For a recommendation, Newegg was selling the Energy S10.3 for around $199 ea. If they do get back in stock, two of those would work very well. It's probably considered the best all around sub for music at the $200 price point that has some solid down to below 30hz and decent SPL for filling a room.
And that's one of the things you'll want to think about, too. What kind of music will you DJ? Some EDM/hip hop/rap has bass content down into the 30hz range, and on some occasions, even lower. Other types of music (rock), you could probably be fine with a sub that doesn't respond as well that down low. Also, some people when they think of good bass response are mainly just interested in that midbass punch. In that case, a sub that is tuned to around 40 to 50hz and then rolls off could be the best choice because you can find subs in your budget range with a lot of output. In your budget range, every sub choice is going to be compromise of either SPL, SQ, or low frequency extension. So figuring out exactly what you want can make it easier to decide. For instance, do you want to run the setup very loud? If not, then SPL may not be as important.
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