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Conduit would be for new construction, or a complete gut to studs. Skip the conduit, and futureproof by adding the correct cables now.
If you have an attic above that room, you would go up into the attic with the cables (from the equipment location), and back down at the fireplace. No blind drilling across studs required.
I'm guessing the fireplace has extra space around it, allowing you to come up from below (if crawlspace below), passing the cables behind or to the side of the fireplace.
An easy way to do this would be to cut holes in your drywall, at each of the studs you want to cross, and drill holes in the studs. Cables pass through studs to the TVBox cutout, above the fireplace. Patching and painting drywall is cheap, and super easy if you hire someone to do it.
But the easiest way for you would be to use the attic. From the attic, you drill through the top plate of the wall, into the stud bay, at both the TV and equipment locations. Fiberglass rods help you pull the cables.
Wire the TVBox with line voltage Romex properly. Again, if you hire an electrician for the outlet, then he can do the additional cables also. The easiest way to add cables is to punch through the drywall - so don't be surprised if that's what he does. Running cables into attic or crawl may cost you extra.
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