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.
16-55/28, 23/2, 56/1.2, 18-135, 100-400, 1.4x t/c.
Minolta MC 50/1.4, MD 135/2.8