Yes, you read that right. There’s a real possibility that using high sample rates could actually be reducing the quality of your audio, not making it better.
How is this possible ?
In a nutshell, many “affordable” soundcards have a non-linear response to high frequency content.
Meaning that even though they are technically capable of recording at 96 kHz and above, the small benefits of the higher sample rate are completely outweighed by unwanted “intermodulation distortion” in the analogue stages.