Sorry, noticed a typo--meant 44.1 kHz sample rate instead of 24 kHz in my original post.
Now I'm even more confused, and I'll be the first to admit that sample rates are not my forte. Are all CDs 16 bit/44.1 kHz sampling rate? (If there are CDs in 24/96 format, are they converted to 16/44.1 when ripped using EAC?) I ripped a remastered "Willy & the Poor Boys" last night that purported to be 20 bit. Are they just referring to the master? If CDs are all 16/44.1, how do transports output 24/96--is that upsampling? Is there a process analogous to upsampling that can be done in a computer for WAV files? Would it be of any benefit?
Argh. Thought I actually had this figured out for a minute.