As I covered Corning’s Thunderbolt Optical Cables last year for Pro Audio Review, I couldn’t pass up another look. As Thunderbolt’s 10 Gbps data transfer speed continues to take the recording world by storm, the only significant downfall has been the 3-foot copper cable length limitation, as there are always instances where you want to be close to some of your Thunderbolt devices, but not close to others. In addition to being smaller and lighter than copper cables, Corning’s Optical Thunderbolt cables are available in 5-, 10-, 30- and 60-meter lengths. Corning has recently added a 5.5-meter cable length option, too. I continue to use my 10-meter version daily and it works flawlessly.
Current prices are as follows: 5.5m, $179.95; 10m, $299.95; 30m, $659.95; and 60m, $1,299.95.