Everything gets so complicated with tech stuff. Yeah, I just realised that most tablet mic ins aren't XLR friendly, although on the PC I have been able to use a balanced to unbalanced adapter.

I'm a bit miffed about the tablet, but there were so many shortcomings that in a bizarre way I think it works out better. I can recoup the losses which will be the postage through PayPal returns and have fleabay on my side for a change. The thing I am disappointed about is that it would have been near perfect had it performed as you'd expect.

I think it isn't hard to find a good recorder for your purposes. I got in too early with my minidisc, but they have optical out and the PC has optical in. For a while there, I had lossless transfer.