Our Approach

Halsten Entertainment offers 30 years of audio and video retailing, system design and installation experience and was created with commitment to honest answers, quality service and competitive prices. Our difference is the ability to focus on your individual needs when planning your audio and video system.

Why Choose Halsten Entertainment

Halsten Entertainment offers intelligent selection, experienced design, as well as trained and licensed installation. We even keep your system on file for future reference.

Halsten Entertainment consists of a group of super talented & very experienced designers and installers. We pride ourselves in the longevity and integrity of our employees. Below you will find out a bit about our people and why we are so successful at what we do.

Meet the Halsten Entertainment Team

Mark Halsten

Owner

As a former co-owner of Sound Center stores in the Twin Cities, 1998 found Mark in search of a new adventure. Thus, Halsten Entertainment was born. Without forcing our employees to sit by the campfire holding hands, Mark focuses on a stellar team environment. The longevity of our employees speaks to the way he runs the company. He keeps a finger on the pulse of the consumer electronics industry, and has close-knit and long-lasting relationships with our vendors and manufacturers. When not busy being our fearless leader, Mark enjoys traveling, boating, jogging, biking and golfing.

Katie Rice

Operations Manager

A cornerstone of Halsten Entertainment since its inception in 1998, Katie is the gravitational force that keeps the team from careening into chaos. Working her magic behind the scenes like The Wizard of Oz, Katie keeps the books, manages shipments, organizes events and deftly juggles many other responsibilities. When she is away from her duties, she enjoys traveling, health & wellness, socializing with neighbors, hanging at the cabin, walking for Alzheimer’s, going to epic concerts, coffee, and smiles. Katie does not enjoy the following: gluten, tripping over stuff, people who say “orientated,” and being randomly startled by conniving co-workers.

Mike Rasque

Sales/Design

We rescued Mike from the clutches of a “big box” store back in 2008. After exorcising the demons, he quickly became beloved by our customers. His knack for explaining technology in layman’s terms makes him a hit with our clients. He is a joy to have around Halsten with his jubilant personality, quick sense of humor, and immaculate hair. In his downtime, you will find him on one of the local mountain bike courses or walking the dog at the dog park. Originally from Wausau, Wisconsin, Mike regularly dons his Packer jersey during football season. Yes, he also enjoys cheese and beer.

Steven Sklansky

Sales/Design

After years as an installer, Steven made the jump to Halsten to be the other half of our excellent sales and design team. Steven is an enthusiastic and outgoing nerd, Simpsons fan, podcaster, and home-brewer.

Ben Lohmann

Lead Technician

Ben is brand new to Halsten Entertainment after a career in the AV industry, both as private practice and as part of commercial outfits.

Russel Milles

Technician

Russell has been with Halsten Entertainment since October of 2000. Like a true home theater enthusiast and movie buff, he absolutely loves this stuff. Clients regularly request him by name. Though a versatile installer, his expertise lies in larger, more complex systems, system design, and troubleshooting. Russell is a licensed Power Limited Technician and a CEDIA Certified Level II Installer. He enjoys watching movies in his home theater, riding his bike with a local club, camping with his wife and three children, traveling, and recently has taken up rock climbing.

Emmet Kowler

Company Support

A jack of so many trades we’ve lost count. Emmet comes to us from the world of live theater, where he designed lighting and projections for plays and musicals. Born and raised in South Minneapolis, he inherited a love of technology from his creative family. His passions for making and consuming art developed into passion for the gear that helps him experience it. Catch Emmet at the movie theater, at the dog park, taking photos, and drinking the latest and greatest cup of coffee.

What Our Clients Have to Say

“These guys really know what they’re doing. Salespeople and installers were fantastic. Worked within my budget and fit install into my timeline. I will use you again for future projects. Thanks!”

Gary D

“What a pleasant experience. Mike was great to work with and really knows his stuff! I will definitely recommend Halsten Entertainment to my friends and family!”

Mary B.

Google Reviews

Halsten Entertainment
4.6
Based on 34 reviews
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Charles Christian
Charles Christian
01:59 18 Oct 21
Exceptional customer experience. I have been an extremely satisfied customer for 15 years. I worked with Mike on the selection of the equipment which Halsten employees installed. Great experience... with a company which I highly recommend.read more
Xauvier Knazze
Xauvier Knazze
19:44 07 Jun 21
The Greatest Television 📺 Experience!!!
Jim Tobias
Jim Tobias
18:00 15 Apr 21
What a great experience!
Mary Ritter
Mary Ritter
22:58 21 Nov 20
Eric is the best.my theater has been the star.off my kids friends for 10 years.my si screen still rocks..five stars.plus.mike is great too.custmer for life
Kenneth DeLeo
Kenneth DeLeo
17:07 08 Oct 20
Very knowledgeable and helpful.
Matt Basil
Matt Basil
18:04 21 Mar 20
Thrilled with my experience here. Knowledge and terrific pricing. I would use and recommend for any home entertainment need large or small. These guys do a really good job!!
Leslie Fowler Murillo
Leslie Fowler Murillo
18:27 11 Jul 19
Great customer service and very inviting environment. It didn't feel like we were being treated just like a "sales" but it was a conversational & informative experience. The floor display looked... fantastic, clean & well designed. You can tell that Eric genuinely loves audio equipment & what he does. The only reason why I didn't give 5 stars was because the shop was extremely difficult to find. Even though we didn't buy anything today since we were just looking, we'll definitely keep Halsten in mind for future purchases.read more
Bobby John
Bobby John
17:22 04 May 19
They will take care of any of your home theater needs. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Beautiful showroom.
Neal Hanke
Neal Hanke
07:30 25 Apr 19
Over the last 7-8 years, Halsten has found it's way into just about every room in my house. TVs, home theater speakers, wireless speakers, outdoor speakers, media cabinets, you name it. Mike and Eric... know their stuff, and have always been super friendly and helpful with whatever I'm looking for.read more
Dale Frolik
Dale Frolik
00:19 25 Apr 19
I have to say, every time I have set foot in that place it has been a great experience no matter who is there. I walked in there to experience the KEF Blades a couple years ago and ended up going... back a few months later to buy some KEF R700's which have been fantastic for the last couple years. Great place, definitely recommended. Still want the Blades... Maybe someday.read more
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