This may be the most indispensable tool in my studio. I hear people say that converters don't matter and that most cannot hear the difference. Bullsh*t!
If you cannot accurately hear what you are doing you are making uninformed choices. They call that guessing and it's not what you want to do when grabbing an eq or compressor. I like the sound of the Avocet and it has with no uncertainty saved me recall time. Yes, good monitors are an important part of the monitoring scenario, but the Avocet's feature set and DAC have become an essential staple in my listening environment. Worth noting is that when updates to the DAC becoame available, it is an easy swap for anyone with basic screwdriver skills!
Original Review: http://tapeop.com/reviews/gear/103/avocet-2-monitor-controller/