Can it be done, or is the Red Book CD format all that you can get? I've been ripping using the WMA Pro 16 bit lossless, but I would go to 24 bit &/or higher frequencies if it were worth it (BIG files).
Meanwhile, I have found that using the 24 bit format on RCA HDCD disks definitely seems to improve the quality, while using that format on ordinary 16 bit disks actually degrades the quality while still doubling the file size. In fact WMA pro lossless 16bit, 96Khz lossless is the best codec I've found for digitizing CD's, and when the digital files are played on my machine through my Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS, they actually sound marginally better than when playing the CD using WMP or Real through the same card.
I also have an older Hitachi GD-5000. Any comments on utilizing that beast?