[...] I realized that the EQ was all the time bypassed...Been there, done that.
I prefer the 24 bit myself and I think my VS2480 is set up for 96K....
I worked in British Telecoms as a youngster and we had to send test tones down the lines - we used to play around and I could always hear higher frequencies than anyone else (whether this would still be true after time spent in Motorhead bass bins is another matter).
I have the korg MR1 with its 1-bit/2.8 MHz set up - the sound quality is amazing - I seem to remember it being said that this is SACD technology and quality....SACD is considered better quality than CD - is that reality?
I prefer to record in as good quality as possible and work down. I find the higher sampling rates allow more subtlety as well as dynamics in my sounds and music - I know that the difference is much more obvious at lower rates, where things like stereo image can be lessened and sounds become more muddy..