I have a Cary 11a that I replaced with a Parasound JC-2 analog stereo preamp, because I used only analog to Cary inputs set to bypass. The Cary processes lossless codecs without a hitch. The main complaint about digital aspects of the 11a was that the acoustic room setup gave bogus readings. The manual suggests a tape measure and SPL meter, and that's what I use. The most annoying, to me, fault of my 11a is that it doesn't distinguish between DSD and PCM from an SACD played on an Oppo 105, so provides bass management for neither. At the time, I was using KEF 104/2 speakers that needed to be supplemented by subs. I've since replaced those with KEF 107/2s that have great LF extension and sound fine without subs, even for the low pedal notes of a pipe organ. None of these problems were an issue with analog, and the Cary 11a is a fine sounding processor.
So my Cary 11a sits on its carton waiting for me to decide whether to list it for sale -- I've bought much of my equipment used, but never sold anything. I may use the 11a to replace a Proceed PAV/PDSD pair in a secondary system.
Thorens TD 124, SME Series III arm with Ortofon SME 30 H cartridge into Parasound JC-3 phono stage
Ayre C-5xeMP & Oppo BDP-105
Parasound JC-2 preamp into Proceed HPA amps
KEF Reference 107/2 mains & 102 surrounds
Velodyne SMS-1 bass managers & a pair of HGS-15 subs