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I would say that the "subwoofer' you have does not go any lower than the 802 speakers alone and is pretty much worthless in your system. Take it out.
It is really not a "subwoofer" at all but only a woofer designed to be used with tiny front speakers that have no bass at all.
Actually, it might well be worse than nothing, since it will overlap the main speakers and mess up the clarity of the bass.
I would run the main speakers without it and see if it doesn't sound better. There is no reason to "relieve the stress" on your main speakers; that is nonsense. The four large drivers of your main speakers can put out a lot more bass
than the one driver of that little "subwoofer' with no undue stress whatsoever.
A good subwoofer will extend the frequency response of your system. Your main speakers start to roll off between 40 and 50 Hz, and a good subwoofer can extend that down to below 30 Hz, which will
be a big help with large drums and low organ notes, and other powerful very low bass.
The KEF B12D is the subwoofer I use, and I recommend it to you. It is an excellent unit using a sealed design with a lot of power and a very clean linear frequency response. It runs $700.
The Klipsch RW-12D is available from Amazon for $371 currently, and it is supposed to be fairly good.
If your current satellite speakers sound good to you then that would seem to be a non-issue.