Ok, I have, in the past, worked with my DAW and Interfaces volume controls to control my monitoring system's volume. After reading John Scrips post in another post, I have seen that this is much, much less convenient than having something like the Avocet to control volume. I am in the middle of a massive equipment upgrade, and if I could get around paying the $1,800 for an Avocet, then I would like to put the money in other places. Can I place something between the DA and the amp to control volume without a reduction in sound quality? If so, what would be good? This actually sounds like a bad idea to me, but I am just trying to discover all of my options. Can anyone help me out with some good options for controlling monitoring system volume?