Class A into Class AB

What is the goal of a designer who makes intergrated amps that have class A for x amount of watts before it goes into class AB? Are there any examples of this being implemented well? I get this feeling that it’s kind of just a marketing thing...where people think they are getting some quality class A without the very high price tag. I was particularly looking at the CODA CSiB amps where you have three choices of how much of your first watts are class A. I have since found a few other respectable brands that implement this as well. I have yet to come across anyone who has heard much of difference between AB amps and one’s that’s state "first X amount of watts..." Class A/AB. Anyone have any experience with these kind of integrated amplifiers? Just looking for a little bit of understanding as I’m trying to upgrade my amplifier.

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Re: the Threshold 500’s.  Claimed 20 output devices per channel, for 250 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms with about 20% of that being Class A,  the Class AB power output could steadily double down into 4 Ohms, but while doing so the Class A output would halve, the amp was said to be capable of doubling it’s rated steady state output for up to a couple of minutes.  Nelson Pass might have been a bit generous to himself when it came to how he defined Class A. Still, IMHO impressive.
The meters on home audio gear are almost never calibrated and more often than not mislead rather than inform.
@pjcoughter, I believe the meters were intended to entertain not mislead. I would hazard a guess that if asked, Nelson Pass would readily admit as much.