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One solution is to use an external command: Open Preferences -> Sound For Method select "Command" from the drop-down. Enter a local program for the Sound Command, eg. "mplayer %s"
As I can't comment yet (signed up specifically to improve on @jgr's answer), in the case that your default sink is a plugin (like any number of ladspa plugins) his edit solution will return XX%, (note the trailing comma), so this works a bit better than that. Sorry, my awk-fu is very basic, I'm sure there's a better way to do this. The modified solution ...
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