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, 17-35/2.8-4, 24-105/3.5-4.5, 35-105/3.5-4.5, 80-200 HS APO G, 100-300 APO
Tamron Di 90mm/2.8, 28-75/2.8