The middle diagram matches the Zavfino XLR cable so if BAT and Goldnote got it right too, I should be good.
Thanks for posting.
The diagram came from the article in my first post above.
Another thought (rhetorical question)...given the benefits of XLR in pro audio over long distances, why would high-end home audio designers bother implementing XLR if there was no sonic benefit over relatively short distances?
See article below: