Back to no sound whatever so, this time a reboot didn't even seem to work.
Switched to VLC for the backend as suggested but that was short lived.
After clicking on Phonon in Multimedia I've tried testing all of the 'drivers'? listed and not a single one worked.
HDA Intel ALC269 Analog
HD Audio Generic
HD Audio Generic (Audio Output)
Those are the first three in order and then it lists a bunch of small ones, alsa, oss, dummy, etc.