Originally Posted by Electro
Ignore what ongte have stated because pulseaudio is not the only way and I do not recommend this way.
I understand pulseaudio has it's problems. Until just recently PulseAudio has been pretty shite.
Maybe I'm a lucky one but PulseAudio has worked quite well for me. I'm running Mandriva 2010 & I regularly use PulseAudio to switch output devices on my audio streams on a per application basis.
For example. When listening to Music with Amarok, the audio goes by default to my Bluetooth Headphones.
When playing video with SMPlayer, I can set it to output to my Dell LCD monitor through the HDMI port & it comes out of the monitor's built-in speakers. (It's not a TV though, so you're right about the HDCP problem)
I gotta hand it to the Mandriva guys. They have the best PulseAudio implementation I've seen so far.