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When I plug and HDMI cable into my laptop I'd like to extend the desktop to the TV (or just switch to the TV). I've determined that I can use xrandr to switch the output, but how do I switch the audio output device?

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For pulseaudio see: askubuntu.com/questions/14077/… and askubuntu.com/questions/71863/… –  Takkat Jan 3 '13 at 11:41
That just might do it. Thanks. –  thefinn93 Jan 3 '13 at 19:24
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