When a particular piece of gear opens up the sound enough to hear something you hadn’t before, it likely did that not by digging deeper into the music, but by hiding what’s there less. And that’s an important distinction.
Recordings don’t cough up new hidden information. The data is always the same, which is why we refer to it as a recording: a permanent record of a musical event.
If we agree there’s no new information to uncover then the only conclusion must be we’re hiding it less. That the overlaying distortion artifacts no longer mask what lies below.
Thank goodness for shared playlists of audiophile standards. I am forever amazed when we release a new update or launch a new product how disparate people from around the world can suddenly hear the same new information in familiar music.
One of the great joys for any designer is to have crafted a circuit capable of unmasking offending colorations and distortions to reveal the beauty of what has all along been waiting to be heard.