I took a closer look at the volume knob specs and found it is really too big to fit anywhere on the deluxe style plate. It could fit on the blank style plate, but I am not currently offering that version with a VFD display. You could program two of the DVD buttons for up-down scrolling?
On the deluxe plate, how long is it from the bottom of the recess to the bottom of the case (i.e. area with power, reset etc. buttons) and also from the top of the recess to the top of the case (area with DVD slot)?
On the Powermate specific thread, someone mentioned that taking it apart was a fairly easy job. What I'm thinking would be possible, is to seperate the knob skirt (bottom and blue plastic) from the knob, then mill or cut a hole the diameter of just the knob
, place the knob through the front, then reassemble the skirt behind
the face plate and affix it to something so it's stable. This would also take care of the USB cable placement problems as well, since it would be behind the faceplate. The knob w/o skirt looks to be only around 1.5-1.6" in diameter instead of the 2.1" w/ skirt. Note that I'm not asking for this as an option or anything, just for the measurement specs so I can hurry up and wait (I'll probably order one of the limited black PowerMates, and "wait and see" what the black anodized A-Tech and some of the options look like once you get the first run out and have some pics of them and the new options). Thanks