i've had this problem with my AnaJet and with the NeoFlex. technically, it isn't banding if you have a 100% nozzle check (which i'm sure you do). if you watch it print, you will see the yellow lay down before the magenta. in the areas where there are streaks, the magenta doesn't lay down the same as where there are no streaks. also, when i've experienced this, the streaks don't occur at the same place each time. i tried to explain what was happening to the AnaJet techs (years ago) and to the TIGERS, but neither really understood what i was talking about...until...the ISS show in Long Beach. a local NeoOwner came and had some personal art printed on both the new Epson F2000 and the Neo. they had been having problems with this "streaking" in red. (i've also seen it in purple and light blues.) the F2000 printed a PERFECT solid red heart, and the Neo kept having streaks. we tried many different environments and settings, even printing twice at lower res. i told John that THIS is what i was trying to explain.
so here's my extremely uneducated guess. AnaJet and Neo both had the same issue, different printers, different RIPS, same ink. the Epson F2000 uses the same NeoRIP as the NeoFlex, but...different ink. so my guess is it's an issue with DuPont inks. i'm curious if Firebird inks behave any differently, and i've asked some users to test. so i don't have a good answer, but in my simple brain, i've eliminated the printer and the RIP leaving only the ink as the possible culprit. i'm not glad that you are experiencing this, but i am glad that i'm not crazy thinking i was the only one seeing this happen.
i did forget to suggest the microweave 8 pass at the ISS show. and i haven't tried that myself yet, but i will. i used it when i first got my Neo per the suggestion of Justin Walker, but it lengthened the print time quite a bit so i quit using it.