Originally Posted by climber07
So now I have to ask what the opinion of sealed vs. ported subs!
Hey, and welcome to the forum! I have similar speakers like yours and cr13624, A9's, CSiA6 and a pair of FXiA6's.
Soon to add a another pair of A9's.
Right now, I have my A9's powered with the same amp you're looking at, the XPA2. IMO, it does a fine job of powering the A9's, esp when doing just 2ch music and having them on full band.
For HT, I've got a sealed sub from Epik, the Empire, one heck of a sub, a bit out of your price range, but the smaller Legend is in your range and from what I hear from the guys on the Epik thread on this forum, they love it; a sealed dual 12" driver sub. http://www.epiksubwoofers.com/legend.html
I've had two down firing sub with front firing ports, I don't miss the chuffing noise.
Best-O-shopping and like CR13 said, give us an update once you're rolling.