One word: WOW! Must have taken you a while to set it all up.
And yea, I tend to think the same about ported versus sealed enclosure. I had a 12 inch ported sub as my first ever one. It was loud, shook the car all over but was not defined at all. Then had a sealed 10 inch sub, the Vibe one and realised that it was much musical. The current one fits the bill so much better. It's not loud but very clear and concise. For the money I paid for it, I think it was a great find.