I just got hold of a new laptop. The Asus U80V. So far i have been pretty happy with it except for one thing. The sound was horrible. It was tinny, with poor range even for a laptop. I remember my laptop from 1998 having better audio than this was exhibiting.
Naturally I went looking for a fix, and thankfully found one. In the Realtek HD audio manager there is a setting under the SRS audio enhancement which enables this. It was turned on by default.
After switching this off, the sound was 1000% better. Hopefully this helps other u80v users out there.