wow, guys thank you for all the replies today! I hope this thread can help out others in the many years to come.
I think I need to be more specific
I do care about music...a lot. I thought about it some more and realized with a nice set up down stairs, i will probably be listening to music while I do chores now or just relaxing. I noticed I do keep the tv on for white noise so I can see myself putting on music instead. I listen to Classical, electronic, classic rock, country, adult alternative mostly. Not much hip hop/(c)rap.
I know my space is open concept. The kitchen has a bar and pillar (with closet) that separates it from the dinning room. and there is a wall due to the staircase that goes up stairs that is shared as the back wall of the dining room so that reduces the size of the region next to living space. I think I need to post some pictures for you guys. I recalculated the dimensions. it is more along the lines of 41x20x9 at its widest and longest. The dining would be only the width of 14 ft due to the staircase and the kitchen bar starts at 29 or 30 feet from living room far wall. The living space is in the corner or the back end of the "rectangular" layout downstairs. We have a large shaggy rug and very thick window curtains that will help keep sound from escaping through glass some. I have a hunch if I place whichever sub in the corner of the living room against the far walls furthest from dining and kitchen, the bass will sound good in the region of the living room. I am sitting 12 feet from the TV or so.
JT - I am confused. You said "When I had the EX it was musical to my ears. I've had both the FV12 and LV12R (essentially the same sub) both were tight and controlled and did not lack output. If it were me and I was down to these two choices for essentially the same price I would grab the Outlaw." If the rythmics were tight, controller and didn't lack output, why wouldn't they be a good suggestion for my setup? did you mean they did lack output?
Ransac - the subs will be purchased new from Rythmic direct in Austin, TX. It is my hometown so i was thinking of going to see friends then pick one up this weekend...but that isn't set in stone. It would be 560 shipped to me. 510 if I picked it up.