I am evaluating and researching a new pair of active speakers for my ~2 year old mac-mini. I mostly listen to classical, jazz and some ambient sounds. I am currently favouring the Audioengine A2+ which connect via USB. Their physical size is also ideal for my current space.
However, I have been reading about other top reviewed active speakers which can only connect via analog 3.5mm stereo jack. I am under the impression that USB is a digital connection which has less loss than its analog counterpart - therefore a superior audio output quality. Is that technically accurate?
The other challenge I have is that a few times a week, I need to connect my headphones to the 3.5mm jack on my mac mini which would mean I would have to disconnect/reconnect my speakers and the jack is in the back of the computer.
I am curious to learn more about 3.5mm analog vs USB digital which, I am hoping, will result in helping me make my final choice. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.