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 50/1.4, 80-200 HS APO G
Sony 18-135mm SAM, 35/1.8 SAM
Tamron Di 90mm/2.8