O.K., once more... and geez, I didn't want to be the advocate for Naim's contention -- I don't even know if I believe 'em -- but they said the hanging bit DOES matter! That is exactly the point. I assume we are into the "low conductor mass, minimal eddy current argument" here: I checked the schematic, and the XLR's pins are not ISOLATED from the circuit in RCA mode, unless I'm cross-eyed. A ground path is not the same as isolation, nor is a bridge to nowhere (open circuit)! Most would SAY this set-up couldn't hurt -- and I guess that's your opinion, 'Liguy' [I am the inquiring agnostic here!] -- but Naim said, in effect, your common sense "wisdom" is WRONG. If that's crazy, blame their engineers; not me, the humble messenger. I wish I had never brought this up! I'm a detail
guy, I suppose... sorry. I just like the quest, you know? Because it's there.
On the plus side, you've got two pins connected through 10K resistors, which might ameliorate the conjectured problem somewhat -- I'd be guessing. On the negative side (of the argument), all the pins are firmly embedded in the XLR's not-great dialectric; even by conventional audiophile thinking, not so good. And speaker cables touching your carpet is supposed to be a horror. Note that the nearly $600 per pair XLR connectors being touted elsewhere in these forums has Delrin for the dialectric -- i.e., nylon... like your carpet.
Also keep in mind, these are the guys that held out so long for DIN
connectors... and who finally decided NOTHING out there was good enough, and so designed their own proprietary DIN-style connector! These folks are serious. Make your jokes -- I've got tubes and don't have a pew in that church.
So that's why I mentioned switches. So far, no one has piped in on Naim's actual assertion one way or the other. Me, I'm just curious.