Shoot, nvidia's sandstorm was one of the better codecs out there, once upon a time. I haven't seen VIA's Envy series in quite a while, either. However, with HP's love affair with Beats Audio, we may see some better things out there. And to be honest, on my dv7, its pretty awesome.
Minolta 24/2.8, 50/1.7, 135/2.8, 70-210/4, 100-300 APO, 500/8
Sony 18-135mm SAM
Tamron 28-75/2.8, 90/2.8 Macro, 70-300/4-5.6 USD, 200-400/5.6