When I began playing 10+ years ago I was using Fender strings only. After some time a switched to other brands with also great results in tone and playability as well as duration, but I must admit it always felt like the Fender strings had a special tone, not huge difference, but a special timbre.
Now I'm getting back to these string. The sound is great, quality is great.
I've never had a bad set of Fenders.