Receiver (Denon AVR) not connecting to Apple Home kit despite Airplay is working

Cupertino, October 5, 2021

Had some trouble adding my Denon AVR to Apple home. I did work at some point, so I believe this happens when something gets reset, deleted or disconnected and you are trying to reconnect it.
Airplay with the receiver is working fine. So it is connected to the same network etc. In Apple Home, add new device, find without QR code will just scan forever.
Here is the solution:
* Store your setting if needed (plug in USB and save setting).
* Reset your receiver to factory settings (For me it was turning it on while holding the two left most buttons)
* **Before** connecting to your network, change your receiver name (friendly name). This step is crucial. I believe the default name is somehow burned with apple home or is stored invisible as some sort of corpse.
* Connect to your network.
* In Apple Home search for new device (I did it while playing music via Airplay to the receiver, that is likely not necessary though)
* It should fing your AVR now, connect.
* I changed the name of my receiver after this back to default and even restored my old settings. Still working.

Hope this helps someone

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