Humax Aura update adds new features and services

Significant update brightens Aura

by Andy Bassett

The latest firmware update for the Aura 4K Android TV recorder brings a whole host of features including the Apple TV app, support for NOW, an enhanced user experience and bug fixes.

Humax has announced firmware 9.21, a significant update for its Android TV-based Aura UHD Freeview Play Recorder, which expands the services available and improves the overall experience.

As well as numerous audio and video performance enhancements and bug fixes, Humax has confirmed the availability of the Apple TV app on its device. This will allow viewers to stream purchased or rented content including blockbuster movies, box sets and music directly to their TV.

In addition, Sky’s separate on demand and contractless subscription service NOW can be viewed on Aura through Chromecast, providing a host of additional sports, movies and shows from broadcaster Sky.

The firmware will update automatically when the product is in standby mode, or can be activated manually through the settings menu.

The main list of features and enhancements listed in the Human press release is reproduced below:

Upgraded ‘Top Picks’ and ‘Now & Next’ guides 

AURA now includes a more dynamic Top Picks recommendations guide and Now & Next sections with enhanced menus that are easier to navigate. 

Quick access to recent apps 

Recently-opened apps are displayed by holding down the Apps key, providing fast access to frequently-watched content. 

Audio options in setup wizard 

The initial setup wizard guides users through the audio options available and selects optimal surround sound settings. 

Lip sync outside of live TV 

Users can adjust lip sync settings in their favourite apps such as YouTube or Amazon Prime Video. 

Audio delay improvements 

There is now an option to delay audio by negative milliseconds, enabling improved video synchronisation. 

Additional audio passthrough formats 

Support for audio formats such as DTS, DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD (with Atmos) through compatible surround sound setups has been added.

Audio output configuration 

TV: Always 2 channel PCM 
Optical or HDMI ARC : Dolby Digital 5.1CH 
Home Cinema via HDMI : Full passthrough up to 7.1CH 

Media player compatibility 

Now supports audio passthrough and audio delay in other media players for improved compatibility, such as VLC, Kodi and PLEX. 

Video upscaling 

Improved video upscaling sharpens edges and reduces blur for a more defined video performance. 

Colour settings menu 

The settings option now shares a similar look and feel with other menus.

Updated standby LED option 

This option allows users to turn off the deep standby LED.

S/AD Dialog UI 

Quick access to current audio and video output status, and select optimal settings for content

If you’ve updated your Humax Aura to v9.21, we’d love to hear what the new experience is like so why not drop into the comments section and leave your thoughts. 

Source: Press Release

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