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The one that sounds better using the balanced IC

Listening should give you the answer. The connection which has the better sound using them, the RCA or XLR.
If you cannot hear a difference, then it would just be whichever is more convenient. Though in the future you might recheck and listen again in case you can hear one is better one way or the other.

One other possible reason to use one over the other is gain.
Usually digital components have more gain than phono preamp ones.
For convenience of the volume control matching between the two components, the lower gain should be the XLR, and the higher gain the RCA, this only if you cannot hear any difference.
This would have to be weighed in the mix of deciding slightly if you can hear a difference.


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