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At the risk of commenting on stuff I'm not familiar with, I don't understand the remark about connectors and speaker wires.
The Emotiva XSP-1 has both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) connectors. You ought to be able to use RCA cables, if you don't mind a little extra electrical noise. (Probably a non-issue if the cables are short.)
The Magnepans are supposed to accept bare speaker wire (up to 10 gauge) or banana plugs. No problem there, unless you're using spade lugs.
As for an amp, why not the Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 3, or the XPA-DR2? It looks like either would be a good match to what Magnepan recommends: class A/B, happy with low-impedance loads, and a high current capability. You'd have your choice of XLR or RCA cabling to the pre-amp. Both would be well within your budget.
If you go to one of the audiophile forums, try not to be too offended if you get condescension from people who can hear the difference that a $14k power cord makes.