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Awesome! Good luck with your build!
Though I have owned plenty over the years, and still have a few in service here and there, I tend to avoid using plate amps any more.
I tend to use more than one sub in my systems, even the "small" system in my home will have a pair of subs once it is completed. When I can buy a decent amp like the iNuke 3000DSP, that makes LOTS more power, has twice the available channels, and comes with an extremely useful integrated DSP for less than the cost of two modest plate amps, it just doesn't make sense to consider the plate amps. I've never put a plate amp into a horn, tapped or otherwise. I've always just mounted the amp in a separate cabinet. If someone wanted to put it into the cabinet, I anticipate that it could be done, provided sufficient care was taken to keep things sealed up as the respective design intended without blocking too much of the internal path. In the case of the Pico, putting a plate amp into the cabinet might be a challenge, as the throat-end (larger portion) of the horn fold is on the inside of the cabinet.
Once the plate amp is installed, ground loops can be a problem, as can issues with the signal wires picking up interference over the long runs. I've struggled with all of these things over the years. For me, pro amps are just a better fit.