At the time of board production, the latching XLR model was on large backorder, so we chose to test out the non-latching and found them to work just as well.
They are the same exact cost, same Neutrik quality.
Thanks for the explanation. Knowing they are the same cost and quality, there had to be some practical reason. The fact that the latching type was on backorder perhaps speaks to the preference in the market for the latching type. Clearly, since they make both types, each has an advantage in certain applications. Which type has the advantage in this application can be debated but since there is no choice, there is no point in further discussion.