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As one who owns both the SE425 and the SE535, my advice would be to go with the 535.  I do not hear a high frequency roll off on either, but the main difference between the two is upper bass / lower midrange where the the 535 is fuller and more dynamic.  I owned the 425 for about a year and eventually became dissatisfied with the rather thin overall presentation - I even experimented with stuffing material in the holes in the eartips.  I finally decided to try the 535 and...
Due to compromises inherent in the construction of a single-driver BA, I don't think you would be getting a good example of an "armature type sound" if you go cheap.
A cheap BA IEM, if one even exists, will be horribly deficient in bass and treble extremes.  Sony tried it a while ago (XBA-1 or something - I own it but I don't remember the name - it was about $80) and it was all midrange with no bass or treble extension.  A very dry sonic presentation.  If you have a problem with crossovers then I would suggest one of the better single driver units like the RHA-M750i.
I would be very surprised if you hear any differences under those circumstances, but it can't hurt to try.
These negative reviews are disheartening.  I've been using version 1.2 for a year or so and was hoping that the Red would be a reasonable upgrade.  Now it seems that the difference in sound quality may be minimal at best, or may even be degraded.  I may try it anyway since my mileage may vary.
You need two pair to make them sing.  I used to sell them, and after hearing about the doubles we opened up another pair and set them up in the showroom.  The transformation was amazing.  The sound became more natural and open, without the wooly bass that the single Advents exhibited.  Those were the days of the magic...
Oooooh, Double Large Advents - one pair on top of the other.  That combination reached LEGENDARY status back in the day!
That's one of Technics really low-end tables and it suffered from horrible feedback issues.  If you get it, make sure it is on a rock-solid foundation on a non-resonant floor and a decent distance from the speakers.  If not, you won't be able to turn the volume up too far before the table starts howling.
Let's look at the HPM-100 for the moment.  Here, the designers took developments made in the US and Europe (beryllium, boron, and ribbon drivers) and opted to throw them all in a box with a cheap woofer with a pleated paper surround.  No regard to driver placement, phase, diffraction, or sound - since they even provided level controls for the tweeter and midrange (but not the super-tweeter) because they had no vision as how these things should sound.  Mirror-imaging?...
I've heard good things about AJ's work for Pioneer from some very reputable reviewers, but I have not had the opportunity to listen to any of them.  Based on the reviews, I have to say it's remarkable what you can do when you put some thought into a product - unfortunately, a half century of crap speakers from Pioneer point out the fact that they haven't. 
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