you mean the pregap / pause - sectors -/- 150 to 0 (depends on what the first track is really).
yes we can / do [scrambled and unscrambled], depends on drive how far you can rip it [all is optional, can be set].
Furthest we have seen is -/- 147 [is current record, set by MSI], but have to say most plextors will only go to -/- 76, but no big deal really
Almost all cdi-ready cd's are tested on hardware [450 machine], about 6 or 7 titles I think, all work fine [trurip].
[basically I use 2 of them, 1 with and 1 without video cartridge, have other types also, but like to use the cheap ones to get it to work on]